Ryan Rich enters his second season as an assistant coach for Miami swimming and diving in 2018-19.
Rich helped lead the men’s team to a third-place finish and the women’s team to a fourth-place finish at the 2018 MAC Championships. A combined four athletes were named All-MAC First Team, 10 were named All-MAC Second Team and 23 were named Academic All-MAC.
Rich joined the RedHawks after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at North Dakota. He served as the Fighting Hawks' distance coach, coaching a pair of 2016 Olympic Trials qualifiers. He also worked closely with a pair of Western Athletic Conference champions in 2016 200-yard freestyle WAC champion Aaron Chanas-LaRue and 2017 1650-yard freestyle WAC champion Jacob Wielinski during his tenure. The Fighting Hawks distance swimmers set eight school records while he was in Grand Forks.
"I am thrilled to have Ryan on board with our swimming and diving program," Coach Bonewit-Cron said. "Having seen his previous experience translate into success for the programs he has been part of was very appealing in having him join our staff. Ryan's level of commitment for this program is strong and I am eager to see his contributions added to the future success of this team."
Prior to his stint at North Dakota, Rich spent a season as a graduate assistant with Tulane. There, he helped mentor a team that broke 11 school records and finished fourth in the American Athletic Conference championships.
Prior to that, Rich was a volunteer assistant women's swimming coach at Purdue University. The Boilermakers took 25th at the NCAA Division I Championships and were seventh in the ultra-competitive Big Ten Conference. Purdue re-wrote 10 school records that season and he helped mentor eight NCAA Division I qualifiers.
The 2013 Boston Globe swim coach of the year, Rich got his start in coaching in 2005. Since then, he has held numerous positions at both the club and high school levels, serving as the head coach at Mount Alvernia High School and Newton North High School in Newton, Mass. At Mount Alvernia, Rich led the Mustangs -- a team with a 3-34 all-time record -- to a 20-15 mark over three seasons. At Newton North, he led the Tigers from the bottom of the conference to fifth in the state.
Rich swam competitively for six years before transitioning to coaching. A graduate of Providence Academy (Minn.), he holds a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas and a master's degree from Boston College.