Ryan Joy becomes the longest tenured coach in Plymouth State women’s soccer history as he begins his sixth season in 2019-20. A native of Concord, N.H., Joy was named the 12th head coach in the 39-year history of the program in March of 2014.
Joy led the Panthers to their best record in 13 years in 2016, earning Little East Conference (LEC) Coach of the Year honors in the process to become just the second PSU women's soccer coach to do so. The team finished with a 9-6-3 mark and entered the LEC Tournament as the fifth seed. PSU topped UMass Dartmouth in the quarterfinals, advancing on penalty kicks, 4-3, before being nipped by top-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 2-1, in the semifinals.
PSU just missed out on a postseason appearance in 2017, falling on the final day of the regular season to miss the playoffs by one game. Last fall the Panthers opened the season with shutout wins in four of their first five games and picked up a key conference win over rival Keene State to top the Owls for the first time in 20 years.
He enters 2019 with a career record of 34-45-6.
To date Joy has coached ten All-LEC athletes, 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 36 LEC All-Academic Team selections, as well as three United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards and two Team Ethics Awards (Gold in 2017 and Silver last fall). His teams have made the postseason in three of his five 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 levels. He has also been at the helm for two youth National Futsal Championship teams, and in the spring of 2019 he was named the director of the New Hampshire Soccer League.
Joy started his college career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying Industrial Engineering and System Dynamics before transferring to Plymouth State where he has earned both a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Master’s in Strategic Management. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "D" License and a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.
Joy resides in Concord with his wife Ashley and dog Randy.