After a six-month stint in the private sector, Ryan DeVriendt begins his third season overall, his first in a new role as an assistant strength coach. He will work specifically with the baseball team.
The past two seasons, DeVriendt served as an intern under Coach Marc Hill, assisting with football, baseball and the track and field throwers.
DeVriendt is a native of Sherrard, Ill., and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he was a four-year letterman on the wrestling team. He was twice named Central's Most Valuable Wrestler and also earned Most Valuable Freshman honors. He served as a team co-captain for three consecutive seasons and received the Lawrence Award as the team's hardest worker. He received a bachelor's degree in exercise science/health promotion.
DeVriendt was a four-sport standout (in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field) at Sherrard High School. As a linebacker, he was named his team's Defensive Player of the Year and was the Area Player of the Year. Offensively, he was named Sherrard's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior running back. He was a state runner-up in wrestling as a junior and placed fourth during his senior season. He also was a state qualifier in the pole vault.
DeVriendt is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).