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Head Coach

Steve Ryan
Head Coach

Steve Ryan has guided the Mustangs to a 170-40 record for a .809 winning percentage in 17 seasons for the most football coaching victories and the highest victory rate in Morningside history. Ryan has led the Mustangs to 15 consecutive post-season appearances in the NAIA National Championship Series, where the team has advanced to at least the semifinals six times in the last seven years. He has led the Mustangs to nine Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championships, including their current run of eight consecutive league titles.

Ryan s a two-time NAIA/American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. He earned his first such accolade in 2012 when the Mustangs went 13-1 and appeared in the national championship for the first time and his second occurred in 2018 as the Maroon rolled through an unbeaten campaign in route to the school’s first national title. He's also a member of the AFCA's Board of Directors.

Ryan is a seven-time GPAC Coach of the Year, receiving the honor in 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018. He received AFCA NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year recognition in 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and was the 2004 NAIA Football.net 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 letter winner and a three-year starter as a linebacker. He received his master’s degree from National-Louis University in 1997.

Steve and his six children: Madison, Kali, Kelsi, Jenna, Gabrielle, and William, reside in Sioux City.