Ryan Joy is in his fourth season as head coach of the Panther women’s soccer program in 2017. A native of Concord, N.H., Joy is the 12th head coach in the 39-year history of the program. 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. with one player earning an All-New England honor.
Prior to taking over the PSU Women's Soccer program in 2014, Joy had been coaching soccer for 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 for four years.
Joy played collegiately two years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while studying Industrial Engineering and System Dynamics, and one year at Plymouth State while working toward his degree in Business Administration. He has a “D” National License from the United States Soccer Federation.
“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."