Brendan Ryan, a native of Oakville, Ontario, is entering his first year as the assistant golf coach, bringing with him several years of coaching, teaching and recruiting experience.
"Brendan is a great fit for our developing program as he brings experience in three key areas; coaching, recruiting and camp development. This will allow him to help current players raise their Golf IQ, but also significantly help in the areas of identifying and recruiting the best players in the world, so we can elevate this program back to national prominence."
The 2008-09 season, Ryan's first at Kentucky, proved to be a successful campaign for the Wildcats. Kentucky captured their first top finish at the Lady Mocs Invitational. Over the course of the season, Kentucky notched six top-10 finishes, and finished in the top 15 of all 10 of their events. Eight Wildcats recorded 14 top-20 finishes, including Mallory Blackwelder's first-place effort at the Lady Mocs Invitational. To cap off the season, Blackwelder and Ryan directed the 08-09 squad to the NCAA Regional for the first time since 1992.
By season's end, Blackwelder, Ryan and the Cats played their way into the record books. Shooting a third-round 288 at the LSU Golf Classic, the team set the school's low round record. The Wildcats also set the scoring average record with an average of 305.23 strokes-per-round.
Since 2005, Ryan has run his own education consulting business service that counseled families on obtaining golf scholarships in the USA. In this role Ryan worked with over 75 families, as well as meet with players and national coaches from around the world. Through this work, Ryan developed a keen eye for talent, identifying and placing 11 players that are currently ranked 150 or better by the college golf ranking system Golfstat.com.
Ryan also has eight years of teaching experience including working at camps and clinics around the nation with many top teachers and golf coaches. Through this opportunity, Ryan has gained experience working with hundreds of students by helping them in all areas of their game.
Ryan has also served in several coaching roles. At Ohio Wesleyan, Ryan was mentored by Head Coach Jon Whithaus in the areas of team practice, academic achievement, fundraising and NCAA rules. This knowledge, along with his other coaching ventures, has developed Ryan into a strong leader and mentor.
Ryan is excited about the opportunity to be at the University of Kentucky.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to apply my coaching, teaching and recruiting background to help develop the University into a national contender," Ryan said.
Ryan attended Appleby College high school in Oakville, ON. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. Having already obtained a master's degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania, Ryan is currently pursuing his master's degree in Education.