An award-winning former head coach of the University of Calgary Dinosaurs volleyball team has been appointed as the new Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus.
Greg Ryan will be one of two new faces in the Vikings athletics program for 2008-9. The other is women’s basketball coach Leanne Shenton.
Ryan brings a wealth of experience to his new position. At the University of Calgary he was involved in the volleyball program for a quarter century, including one year (1985) as the head coach of the women’s team (1985) and 20 years (1986-2006) as the head coach of the men’s team. In that time his teams won two national and five Canada West championships. He also served as men’s athletic coordinator and sport-camp coordinator, and was involved in the organization of the Husky Dino Cup.
“Greg will provide leadership in strategic planning, coaching development and creative oversight of a program whose success will continue to be important to Augustana’s overall prospects,” said Roger Epp, Dean of Augustana Campus. “He brings valuable and extensive experience to his new role.”
Ryan has coached the Canadian men’s team at the World University Games on several occasions. Since 2006, he has gained small-campus experience at Montana State University-Northern.
“I am looking forward to working with a great staff, and continuing to build on the work of Yvonne Becker and Dan Peacocke,” Ryan said. Augustana is a terrific fit for our family. My wife Alyson will be closer to family, our children will have the opportunity to grow in a great location, and for me it is an outstanding professional opportunity.”
Leanne Shenton is no stranger to the Augustana Vikings program. She was a student-athlete here from 2001 to 2003 before transferring to the University of Victoria, where she played on one of the leading university teams in Canada. A recipient of a major national coaching internship award, Shenton has been assistant coach and interim head coach at the University of Windsor during the past two years.
“We’re excited by the energy and the high level of preparedness Leanne brings to this coaching position. She has absorbed a lot from her experience as a player, and will be a great role model for our student-athletes,” said Epp.