Aug. 2, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The highly successful Florida State indoor volleyball program has named Ryan McGuyre as its associate head coach, announced Friday by Seminole volleyball head coach Chris Poole.
“Ryan has a tremendous background in coaching and has proven to be very successful in women’s volleyball,” Poole said. “Overall, he has trained players at the highest level and has beaten the best programs in the nation. His ability to juggle coaching both men’s and women’s volleyball at the same time in years past is also a reflection of his great work ethic, discipline and time management. We are excited for Ryan and his family to join the Florida State Volleyball family.”
McGuyre brings a great wealth of knowledge to an already experienced Florida State coaching staff that also includes associate head coach Gokhan Yilmaz. The former California Baptist head coach and Maryland assistant has educated at the collegiate, high school and club level since 1995 and adds another well-versed dimension to an FSU coaching staff that has secured consecutive ACC titles and a recent NCAA National Semifinal appearance in 2011.
As a head coach for California Baptist from 2002 to 2011, McGuyre managed virtually every aspect of the program. He was fully responsible for the overall development and organization of both the men’s and women’s volleyball programs, guiding the women’s team to national championships in 2004, 2005 and 2011. He also won the men’s national championship in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
While building a perennial contender out West, McGuyre earned several coach of the year honors. He was a two-time NAIA National Tournament Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and finished as the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for his efforts with the women’s program. That same year he also earned Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
More national accolades followed McGuyre in his time at California Baptist. After the school’s transition to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association, he was honored as the NCCAA DI National Coach of the Year following the women’s team’s national title in 2011. His strong efforts were not just recognized on the women’s side, winning the Tachikara NAIA National Coach of the Year on the men’s side in 2005 and an AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2010.
McGuyre has been a part of nine national championships and 541 collegiate wins throughout his decorated coaching career. On the women’s side, he has coached 18 NAIA All-Americans and 15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In the men’s program, he had 19 players named to the NAIA Men’s Invitational All-Tournament team and five named AVCA/NAIA All-America in the first two seasons it was awarded.
Part of his extensive experience includes time spent at two ACC institutions in NC State (1998-99) and Maryland (2012) where he helped haul in talented recruiting classes.
During his time in the coaching realm, which also includes a three-year stint at Biola University from 1999-2001, McGuyre has helped defeat two top-ranked teams and a host of other formidable opponents including USC, UCLA, Stanford, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC-Santa Barbara, Penn State, California-Irvine and Hawaii.
At Biola, McGuyre reached the NAIA regional playoffs each season and accumulated 60 victories as the head women’s volleyball coach. He coached three NAIA All-Americans, six NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes and seven GSAC Scholar-Athletes.
In his most recent stop at Maryland, McGuyre handled an array of duties as the assistant volleyball coach. He assisted heavily in recruiting as well as practice and game planning, and was involved in video and statistical analysis. The 2012 Terrapins made a large improvement in nearly every major statistical category and added seven more victories compared to their 2011 campaign.
While involved at California Baptist, McGuyre was the vice president of the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Association from 2009-10. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the USA Volleyball Men’s National Team in 2006, helping run practice drills as well as charting, video analysis and game planning for opposing countries.
A graduate of Biola University in 1998, McGuyre earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in social science with an emphasis in secondary education and a minor in biblical studies. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children in Tryston, Kitana and Ryder.
Jennifer was a standout volleyball player at the University of Hawaii, helping the Rainbow Wahine to a 121-16 overall record in her four seasons from 1996-99. During her time there, Hawaii reached the NCAA Finals in her freshman season and also went to the NCAA Regional Finals and Semifinals.
She was a member of the U.S. National Team in 2002 and earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors in her senior season at Hawaii. Prior to her husband’s move to Maryland, she was an assistant coach with him at California Baptist as well as at Biola.
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