Ryan Patrick Sprang
Ryan grew up in South Jersey and began swimming with a local summer club at the age of 4 and then year-round at the age of 8. He eventually went on to swim 4 for years in college at St. Bonaventure University and was a 3 year All Atlantic 10 Conference selection, Atlantic 10 Champion, and team captain as a Senior.
He began his coaching career immediately after college and over 13 years has coached hunderds of swimmers of all ages and ability levels from the novice to the nationally ranked in several different locations. From 2002-2006 Ryan served as a Senior Coach and Head Age Group Coach with the Gloucester County Institute of Technology Swim Team (now GPAC) in southern New Jersey. During this time Ryan coached at least 1 swimmer each year to a USA Swimming Top 10 ranking. In addition, during this time Ryan also served as Head Coach of the Greenwood Park Swim Team (summer swim team), the St. Augustine Prep School Swim Team, the Our Lady of Mercy Academy Swim Team, and also served as a teacher of World History and Algebra at St. Augustine Prep. As coach of St. Augustine Prep, Ryan guided the program to back to back NJ State Team Championships in 2004 and 2005 while also winning numerous Coach of the Year honors.
In August 2006, Ryan began a 3 year term as the Head Coach with the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club (SMAC) in Waynesboro, VA and during his tenure the team more than doubled in size. Ryan guided SMAC swimmers to break over 150 team records, 6 Virginia Swimming LSC records, and 12 Virginia Swimming Age Group Championship Meet records while they collected over 30 gold medals at the Virginia Swimming Age Group Championships and had swimmers achieve over 20 USA Swimming top 10 times, including 4 USA Swimming All Time top 100 times. In addition, Ryan coached 2 swimmers to Virginia Swimming Age Group Swimmer of the Year Awards. After his 2nd season with the club, Ryan was named the 2008 Virginia Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year and in 2009 was named the American Swim Coaches Association Age Group Coach of the Year for Virginia. In addition, Ryan started a Masters Swim program in which his swimmers achieved over 50 national rankings and 13 Virginia State Masters Records. During this time, Ryan also completed a degree from James Madison University in Athletic Performance and Administration.
After spending a year with the West Shore YMCA in Mechanicsburg, PA, in September of 2010 Ryan began his tenure as Head Coach of the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. During this time NLAC has experienced some tremendous progress. Some of the more notable achievements under Ryan's guidance are the following:
- Achieving Level 1 and 2 of the Club Recognition Program
- Improving team standings in the USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships by over 120%.
- Going from 1 Speedo Sectional qualifier to over 50 in 5 years.
- Going from 0 Jr. National Qualifiers to over 20 in 5 years.
- Establishing over 350 new team records.
- Consistently having NLAC swimmers ranked in the Middle Atlantic top 10 including this past 2016 long course season in which 20 swimmers were ranked in 65 different events.
- Having swimmers achieve national top 10 rankings.
- Annually placing graduating seniors in college swim programs around the country including the 14 swimmers currently competing for the collegiate teams.
In addition to his role as NLAC Head Coach, Ryan is also the Head Coach of the State College Area High School Swimming and Diving program, beginning his 3rd year in that role.
Ryan's wife Andrea completed her doctoral degree from James Madison University and is currently a Staff Psychologist at Penn State. They have two sons, Ryan, who is 5 years old, and Brayden, who is 3.