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Plymouth State names new Women’s Soccer Coach

Former men's assistant Ryan Joy to take over Panthers

(Meet Coach Ryan Joy video)

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University athletic department has announced a new head women's soccer coach for the 2014 season.

            Ryan Joy has been named head coach of the Panther women's soccer program, effective immediately.  A native of Concord, N.H., Joy becomes the 12th head coach in the 38-year history of the program. Joy played for the Panther men's squad in 2009 and served the past four seasons as an assistant in the men's program under head coach Rob Wright. Joy takes over from Cindy Bennett, who coached the Panther women the past four seasons.

            "It is an honor to have the opportunity to be the coach of the Plymouth State women's soccer team," said Joy. "Plymouth State is known for its great soccer tradition and many great players and coaches have walked these hallways over the years. It is truly an honor to have the chance to start the next chapter in PSU Women's Soccer. I am excited to be able to continue those valued traditions that have made Plymouth State one of the most successful soccer programs in Division III."

            Joy has been coaching soccer for the past eight years at the college, high school and Olympic Development level. He began as the Concord (N.H.) High School girls coach in 2007-08, and served as head boys soccer coach at Bishop Brady High School from 2011-13, winning NHIAA Coach of the Year honors in 2013.  Joy has coached youth soccer at various levels and has worked at a soccer player development academy in New Hampshire the past four years.

            "We are so pleased to welcome Ryan as our new women's soccer coach," said Lauren Lavigne, chair of the search committee. "Ryan made an impact with the committee and the student-athletes in the interview process.  He has been invested in PSU and Panther Soccer and we are excited about the future of PSU Women's Soccer under his leadership."

            Joy played two years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while studying Industrial Engineering and System Dynamics, and one year at Plymouth State while earning his degree in Business Administration. He has a "D" National License from the United States Soccer Federation.

            "My passion is soccer," said Joy. "Coaching what you love allows for a unique opportunity to not only teach players about their true passion of sport, but to offer a patient hand to guide players through their own life course also. Student-athletes have the ability to enhance their college experience by playing the game they love - very few people get a chance to do that. I hope to come in and help these women grow as people, set high goals, and show that when a team comes together to accomplish those goals, truly great things can happen.

            Joy takes over a Panther squad that finished with a 6-12 overall record in 2013, and posted a 2-5 mark in the Little East Conference. 

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