Steve Ryan (American football)

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Steve Ryan
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Morningside
Conference GPAC
Record 142–39
Playing career
1985–1988 Wheaton (IL)
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
? Ottawa (KS) (assistant)[1]
2002–present Morningside
Head coaching record
Overall 142–39
Tournaments 17–13 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
7 GPAC (2005, 2011–2016) (Sioux Falls left the conference after the 2009 season moved to Divisions 2)
NAIA National Coach of the Year (2004)
2x AFCA Region 4 (NAIA) Coach of the Year (2005, 2011)
3x GPAC Coach of the Year (2004–2005, 2011)

Steve Ryan is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, a position he has held since the 2002 football season. Prior to Morningside, Ryan served as an assistant coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.

Ryan graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 1989 with his undergraduate degree, where he was a four-time letter winner and three-year starter for the Thunder. He earned a master's degree in 1997 from National Louis University.

Coaching career[edit]


Ryan took over as the head coach in 2002 and led the Mustangs to a 5–5 season. That inaugural season was considered a success as the Mustangs ended a streak of 15 consecutive losing seasons. Ryan has had only one losing season, 2003. Since that year, the Mustangs have appeared in the NAIA playoffs for 12 straight seasons, including the championship game in 2012. They have lost no more than three game in any of those seasons.

Ryan's coaching achievements rank him first at Morningside in total wins (132) and winning percentage (.781).[2]


Ryan is married and is the father of six children.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches#
Morningside Mustangs (NAIA independent) (2002–2004)
2002 Morningside 5–5
2003 Morningside 3–7
2004 Morningside 8–3 L NAIA First Round 12
Morningside Mustangs (Great Plains Athletic Conference) (2005–present)
2005 Morningside 12–1 10–0 1st L NAIA Semifinal 3
2006 Morningside 9–3 8–2 3rd L NAIA Quarterfinal 13
2007 Morningside 9–3 8–2 T–2nd L NAIA Quarterfinal 11
2008 Morningside 10–2 9–1 2nd L NAIA Quarterfinal 5
2009 Morningside 10–2 9–1 2nd L NAIA Quarterfinal 5
2010 Morningside 10–2 9–1 2nd L NAIA Quarterfinal 5
2011 Morningside 9–2 8–1 1st L NAIA First Round 9
2012 Morningside 13–1 9–0 1st L NAIA Championship 2
2013 Morningside 11–2 8–1 1st L NAIA Semifinal 4
2014 Morningside 11–2 8–1 T–1st L NAIA Semifinal 3
2015 Morningside 12–2 9–0 1st L NAIA Semifinal 3
2016 Morningside 10–2 8–0 1st L NAIA Quarterfinal
Morningside: 142–39 103–10
Total: 142–39
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final NAIA Coaches' Poll.


  1. ^ "Head Coach Steve Ryan". Morningside Athletics. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ DeLassus, David. "Morningside Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 

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