Ryan to coach 2 Wildcat squads

MARQUETTE – A restructuring of the Northern Michigan University women’s cross country and track and field teams has led to Jenny Ryan being named head coach for both.

NMU athletic director Forrest Karr announced the appointment Saturday.

Ryan, who has been at Northern the past 14 years, has served as the head cross country coach for the last seven and an assistant track and field coach.

She also spent 11 seasons as an NMU assistant Nordic skiing coach under Sten Fjeldheim.

“Jenny is an exceptional role model for student-athletes and is well liked throughout the community,” Karr said in a press release.

“She has already shown the ability to define expectations and create a culture of accountability while building a successful cross country program.”

Ryan came to NMU as a graduate assistant coach for Fjeldheim before being hired on a full time basis in 2002. She is a 2010 graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy and a Level I track and field coach.

“I look forward to continuing the successful path of the cross country program and also to now guide and build a strong, competitive and successful track and field program,” Ryan said.

A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, Ryan acquired a master’s degree in exercise science from NMU in 2002 and was named Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student.

Karr also announced that Alex Carradine, who served as a part time assistant coach for the NMU track and field program last season, would be elevated to a full-time assistant coach.

NMU will begin a national search to find another full-time assistant track and field coach. It will also hire a part-time assistant coach.