• Olympic Gold Medalist
  • FIFA Women's World Cup Bronze Medalist

Greg Ryan

My coaching philosophy begins with the type of student-athletes we recruit. We are searching for young people who are highly motivated, work exceptionally hard on the field and in the classroom and will significantly contribute to our team chemistry.

Our goals on the field are to consistently challenge for Big Ten and NCAA championships. Achieving a national ranking of No. 6 in 2013 demonstrates the tremendous progress this team has made in recent years.

Our ultimate goal is to insure that our student-athletes have an amazing experience at Michigan. We want to see them graduate having experienced growth and success in the classroom, on the soccer field and in their personal lives.


Coach Bio

Coach Greg Ryan is in his 10th season leading the University of Michigan women's soccer program. During his 24-year career as a college coach, Ryan has recorded more than 270 wins and made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, with two trips to the Final Four. The Dallas, Texas, native has guided Michigan to four NCAA Championships bids, including the 2013 Elite Eight and 2012 Sweet 16, and three top-three finishes in the Big Ten Conference. In addition to returning the Wolverines to national prominence, Ryan also develops elite soccer players. He has coached the program's all-time leader in career goals and career points, three NSCAA All-Americans, one MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and 23 All-Big Ten selections. Prior to taking over at Michigan, Ryan spent four seasons with the U.S. Women's National Team. As head coach he led the USA to a bronze medal at the 2007 FIFA World Cup, and as an assistant coach he helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Fun Fact

Coach Ryan loves to play the guitar, specifically classic rock music.

Career Highlights

  • 10 NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 2 Final Four Berths
  • U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach (2005-07)
  • 1 FIFA World Cup Bronze Medal
  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal (U.S. Women's National Team Assistant Coach)
  • 1991 USCAA Coach of the Year
  • 270+ collegiate career coaching wins
  • 17 10+ collegiate win seasons
  • 28 years coaching experience (24 college and 4 pro)

Assistant Coaches

Tiffany Hansen

Assistant Coach

Tiffany Hansen is in her third season as a member of the Michigan women’s soccer coaching staff and works primarily with the Maize and Blue goalkeepers. In two seasons with Hansen on staff, the Wolverines have allowed an average of just one goal per game and recorded 15 shutouts in 41 total games. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, she spent four successful seasons at the University of Dayton (2011-14), where she helped lead the Flyers to two A10 Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Hansen got her start in collegiate coaching as the goalkeeper coach for three seasons at Bowling Green (2008-11), where she also competed during the final two years of her playing career as a goalkeeper.

Kai Edwards

Assistant Coach

Kai Edwards is in his first season as a member of the Michigan women’s soccer coaching staff and works primarily with the Maize and Blue attacking players. Edwards brought 13 years of experience within collegiate women’s soccer to Michigan, including six as a Division I head coach at Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Edwards was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach with Arizona State University’s women’s soccer program and also worked with the Sereno Soccer Club as the Girls Coaching Director, ECNL Director and Head Coach. During his collegiate playing career, he helped lead Sonoma State to a national championship.