Sehome High School Cross Country Coach Kevin Ryan has been recognized for his exceptional coaching and named the 2019-20 National Boys Cross Country Coach of the year. The award is given by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). According to the NFHS, the award “designates Coach Ryan among the most elite coaches in the country, as well as the state and sectional coach of the year.”
Honorees were selected based on their coaching performance in the 2019-20 school year, lifetime win/loss record, community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching. Ryan was nominated by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
Coach Ryan started coaching at Sehome in 1995. In his time as an assistant, co-head coach, and head coach, Sehome has won 21 state team championships in Cross Country (11 boys, 10 girls) and 9 state team championships in Track and Field (3 boys, 6 girls). In addition, during this time Sehome has had 14 individual state champions and 56 podium finishers in cross country. In Track and Field, Sehome has had 12 individual state champions and 81 podium finishers in the distances, Ryan’s area of focus during track. Sehome cross country is known for consistently having some of the largest teams in the state and supporting runners of all levels. In 2019 Sehome’s Kai Ocheltree won the state’s first Ambulatory Cross Country Championship. Ryan was previously named the 2016-17 NFHS National Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Sehome High School Athletics and Activities Coordinator Colin Cushman said of Coach Ryan, “Kevin does such an amazing job as a coach for Cross Country and Track and Field and he is also an incredible Social Studies teacher. Kevin is a team player, supporting all of our programs and all of our kids. He is amazing and we are very lucky to have him on our staff.”
“I am extremely honored to receive this award but, as anyone who has coached knows, this is an award for the entire program not just one individual,” said Coach Ryan. “In addition, it represents the program over the years, not one specific year. Everyone who has been a part of, or supported, the Sehome program over the past couple decades should feel part of this award. This includes coaches, athletes, parents, and school administration and staff. Without strong support in all of these areas, our program would not have been able to achieve what it has over the last twenty years.”
Congratulations and thank you for all that you do, Coach Ryan!