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Steve Ryan
Head Coach

Steve Ryan has guided the Mustangs to a 132-37 record for a .781 winning percentage in 14 seasons for the most football coaching victories and the highest victory rate in Morningside history. Ryan has led the Mustangs to 12 consecutive post-season appearances in the NAIA National Championship Series, where the team has advanced to at least the semifinals each of the last four years. 
Ryan was named the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and American Football Monthly NAIA National Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to their greatest season in school history. Morningside posted a 13-1 record and appeared in its first-ever national championship football game. The Mustangs finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0, won their second consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship, and made their ninth consecutive post-season appearance in the NAIA Championship Series, where they lost 30-27 in overtime against Marian University in the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship on Dec. 13 in Rome, Ga.
He led the Mustangs to Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championships in 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. His teams have advanced past the first round of the NAIA Championship Series 10 times in the last 12 years, including an appearance in the 2012 NAIA National Championship Game and semifinal berths in 2005, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Ryan collected GPAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2015. He received AFCA NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year recognition in 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was the 2004 NAIA National Coach of the Year.
Ryan’s Mustangs made their first appearance on the NAIA national stage in 2004 when they posted an 8-2 record, achieved a No. 12 national ranking, and secured their first-ever berth in the NAIA National Championship Series.
He guided Morningside to a 5-5 record in 2002 in his first season with the Mustangs to snap a streak of 15 consecutive losing seasons. The five wins were the college’s most victories since the 1985 campaign. Included among the victories was a stunning 24-21 double overtime upset of NCAA Division II Wayne State College in the season’s opener. 
Before coming to Morningside, Ryan was an assistant coach at Ottawa University and helped lead the Braves to a pair of NAIA Championship Series appearances.
Ryan is a 1989 graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where he was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter as a linebacker. He received his master’s degree from National-Louis University in 1997.
Steve and his wife, Lisa, reside in Sioux City with their six children: Madison, Kali, Kelsi, Jenna, Gabrielle, and William.