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Head Coach Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan was named head coach of the Lynx for the 2016 season. He came to Rhodes after serving four years as defensive coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). Ryan was named the 2015 NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Associationin 2015. 
In 2016 the Bears finished the season 6-4 overall as they went 4-4 in league play with a thrilling 37-31 double-overtime victory at Millsaps to cap off the season. The team's record is the best for a first-year head coach since before Rhodes' Collegiate Athletic Conference days in 1962. Ryan and his staff produced 11 All-Conference honorees in his first season at the helm while 38 Lynx made SAA's All-Academic status in 2016. Rhodes led the SAA in both the fall and winter/spring SAA Honor Rolls.
"We are thrilled Jim Ryan is joining our staff at Rhodes," said Mike Clary, Rhodes Director of Athletics at the time. "Coach Ryan embodies Rhodes vision and embraces our student-athlete model."
Ryan was named Washington University's defensive coordinator in 2012 and helped lead the Bears to University Athletic Association (UAA) titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Ryan's 2013 Bear defense ranked 5th nationally in scoring defense giving up a stingy 11.5 points/game and was ranked 19th nationally in total defense. Washington University played in the 2013 NCAA Division III national playoffs.
"I am excited to be the head coach of a fantastic group of young men who have chosen to continue their education and play football for Rhodes College," said Coach Ryan.
Ryan earned his B.A. in Kinesiology from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2000 and a Master's from the University of Central Missouri in 2008. He has also served on the football staffs at Illinois College, Colorado College, North Alabama and Delta State. Prior to Rhodes, Ryan spent eight years on the Washington University in St. Louis staff.