The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and our keynote
address presenting partner, Syngenta, are pleased to announce this year’s speaker will be
head Ohio State wrestling coach, Tom Ryan. Coach Ryan’s presentation, The Pursuit of
Excellence in Our Lives, will take place on Tuesday, December 8th during the OTF Conference
& Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course.
Coach Ryan has led the OSU wrestling program to unprecedented heights, culminating last
season with the program’s first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and
InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan concluded his ninth season in Columbus by watching both
Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello win NCAA titles on the way to the squad's first ever
team title. Additionally, the Buckeyes also ended a 64-year Big Ten title drought, winning
the championship in front of a home crowd at St. John Arena.
In all, Ryan has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships as
Logan Stieber (141 pounds) was a four-time champion, J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009
Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009, Mike
Pucillo was the 184-pound champion in 2008 and Nathan Tomasello the 125 pound
champion in 2015. In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have
finished in the Top 10 in eight of the last nine seasons, including the 2015 national title and
back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.
Academically, Ryan's student-athletes have impressed with six Buckeyes recognized by the
National Wrestling Coaches Association with NWCA All-Academic Team accolades -- J.D.
Bergman, J Jaggers, C.J. Magrum (two-time), Corey Morrison (two-time), Mike Pucillo and
Colt Sponseller. Additionally, Sponseller and Ian Paddock were lauded with NWCA Division
I True-Freshman All-Academic Team honors. Since Ryan's arrival there have been 48 and
96 Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections, respectively.
Ryan's student-athletes also are involved in various community service initiatives. Some of
the programs Ohio State is actively involved in include the Second & Seven Foundation,
which strives to "Tackle Illiteracy" in Central Ohio and the annual Wrestle against Autism
Tournament. In 2009, the Buckeyes were presented with a Resolution of Expression in
council chambers from Columbus City Council member A. Troy Miller for their commitment
to community service, academics and athletics.
|Keynote presented by Syngenta|
Coach Ryan will present the keynote as part of the Awards, Scholarship and Keynote
ceremony which begins at 2 pm on the main stage located on the tradeshow floor. He will
also sign autographs at the Syngenta booth immediately following the presentation.