Rob Ryerson

Rob Ryerson is a retired U.S. soccer forward who played professionally, both indoor and outdoor soccer, for at least seven years. He last coached the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers men's soccer program before it disbanded in 2012.

Rob Ryerson
Personal information
Full name Robert Ryerson
Date of birth (1964-06-06) June 6, 1964
Place of birth Laurel, Maryland, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1983–1985 UNLV Rebels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 San Diego Nomads
1987 Baltimore Blast (indoor)
1987 Washington Diplomats
1988–1990 Maryland Bays
1988–1991 Fort Wayne Flames (indoor) 26 (6)
1992 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 (0)
1994–1995 Washington Warthogs (indoor) 42 (8)
National team
1988 United States 1 (1)
Teams managed
1991 UMBC Retrievers (assistant)
1993–1994 UNLV Rebels (assistant)
1996–1997 Washington Warthogs (assistant)
1997–1998 Baton Rouge Bombers
2000–2012 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player

Youth

Rob Ryerson, along with his brother Rich, attended Oakland Mills High School where he played for the school's boys soccer team. He was selected as the Howard County "Player of the Year". He was also a high school All-American his senior year. Ryerson played four seasons of collegiate soccer while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was All Far West in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He was also the 1985 All Big West Player of the Year. He was a third team NSCAA All-American in 1984 and 1985 and a Soccer America Magazine first team All American in 1985. He holds the top two positions on the Big West season scoring record list with 21 goals (9 assists) in 1985 and 20 goals (7 assists) in 1984. He also scored 16 goals in 1983. He attained his degree and graduated from UNLV in 1988.

Professional

After leaving UNLV, Ryerson played the 1986 season with the San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer Alliance. He was 5th on the alliance's goals list with six.[1] In June 1986, the San Diego Sockers selected Ryerson in the first round of the Major Indoor Soccer League draft.[2] He began the season on the Sockers' reserve team, but returned to UNLV to complete his undergraduate degree. Then in February 1987, he signed with the Baltimore Blast. The Sockers contested it and the league nullified the contract and awarded Ryerson's rights to the Sockers only to have the Sockers immediately waive Ryerson who then signed with the Blast.[3] He never played a first team game with Baltimore before being released in October 1987. In the summer of 1987, Ryerson signed with the independent Washington Diplomats.[4] In December 1987, Ryerson signed with the Maryland Bays of the American Soccer League.[5][6][7][8] He was a 1988 ASL All Star and a member of the 1990 APSL championship Bays. In the fall of 1988, Ryerson signed with the Fort Wayne Flames of the American Indoor Soccer Association under coach and former Blast teammate Dave MacKenzie. Ryerson appeared in the final 26 games of the season, scored 6 goals and added 5 assists for 11 points. In 1992, he played 1 game for a total of 6 minutes with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Professional Soccer League.[9] In 1994, he played with the Washington Warthogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. In 1996, he became an assistant coach with the Warthogs.

National team

In 1988, he played his only full international match with the United States men's national soccer team. He scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on June 14.[10]

Coach

In May 1991, Ryerson became an assistant coach with University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[11] In 1993 and 1994, he served as an assistant with the UNLV Rebels soccer team. In 1995, he became the head coach of the DeMatha High School boys' soccer team. He also served as an assistant coach with the Washington Warthogs. In 1997, he became the head coach of the Baton Rouge Bombers of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League.[12] He led the Bombers to the championship game, losing to the Lafayette Swampcats, and earning Coach of the Year honors. The EISL only lasted two seasons, folding in 1998. Ryerson then began collegiate coaching. Ryerson is the head coach of Mount Saint Mary's University soccer team since 2000. Ryerson was head coach of the 2004 Maryland Boys U/17 ODP.

He was selected to the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and the school retired his jersey number (10). In 2006, he was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.

References

  1. 1986 Western Soccer Alliance
  2. Sockers impressed with this year's draft choices, free agents San Diego Union, The (CA) - Wednesday, October 22, 1986
  3. Appeal won, Sockers waive Ryerson Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) - Friday, February 20, 1987
  4. DIPLOMATS GAIN TIE IN FINAL Washington Post - Monday, June 8, 1987
  5. SOCCER Washington Post - Thursday, December 24, 1987
  6. 1988 Maryland Bays
  7. 1989 Maryland Bays
  8. 1990 Maryland Bays
  9. 1992 APSL Statistics
  10. USA - Details of International Matches 1980-1989
  11. FOR THE RECORD Washington Post - Friday, May 24, 1991
  12. Ryerson to coach BR pro soccer team The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - Thursday, March 13, 1997
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