Ryan Joy is in his fifth season as head coach of the Panther women’s soccer program in 2018. A native of Concord, N.H., Joy is the 12th head coach in the 39-year history of the program. Entering the 2018 season he has an overall coaching record of 28-37-4 (.435).
Joy played for the Panther men’s squad in 2009 and served four seasons as an assistant in the men’s program under head coach Rob Wright. Joy led the Panthers to their best record in 13 years in 2016, earning Little East Conference (LEC) Coach of the Year honors - only the second PSU women's soccer coach to earn such honors. Joy has coached eight LEC All-Conference players, an LEC Rookie of the Year, LEC Defensive Player of the Year, and has had one student-athlete earn an All-New England honor twice.
During his tenure the Plymouth State women's soccer program has had 25 LEC All-Academic Team selections, as well as two United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards and a Gold Level TEam Ethics Award in 2017. Joy has taken the team to three LEC Tournament appearances in four years.
Prior to taking over the program in 2014, Joy had been coaching soccer for nearly a decade at the college, high school, club and ODP level. He served as the head boys' soccer coach at Bishop Brady (Concord, N.H.) from 2011-13, winning NHIAA Coach of the Year honors in 2013.
Joy has been a youth development trainer for Samba Player Development Academy from 2008-17, helping develop dozens of players who are now playing at the collegiate and national elvels. He has also been at the helm for two youth National Futsal Championship teams.
Joy started his college career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while studying Industrial Engineering and System Dynamics before transferring to Plymouth State where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and where he is currently earning his MBA. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "D" License and a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.
“My passion is soccer,” says 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 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."
Ryan resides in Concord with his wife Ashley and his dog Randy.