Associate Head Coach - Men's Soccer
Ryan Hess enters his ninth season on the Lehigh men’s soccer coaching staff in 2019.
Hess helped guide Lehigh to its second-ever Patriot League Championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Hess has mentored an All-American selection, 10 All-Region honorees, a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, 26 All-Patriot League selections and six Academic All-Patriot League members in his tenure on Lehigh’s staff.
Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Hess came to Lehigh from nearby Moravian College where he enjoyed a standout playing and coaching career, with a coaching stint at Muhlenberg sandwiched in between. He is also a captain for local FC Sonic, a team which features a number of Mountain Hawks’ players.
During his playing career, Hess was a four-year starter, three-time captain and two-time team MVP at Moravian under current Lehigh women’s soccer coach Eric Lambinus. Hess’ success was highlighted by his senior season when he was named Second Team All-Landmark Conference.
Hess’ playing experience includes time with a pair of local amateur teams the past four seasons: Pennsylvania Stoners and FC Sonic. He won a national championship with the Stoners while playing with various Lehigh players for the Sonic, including Ali Famili and recent graduates Jordie Ciuffetelli, Daniel Odenwelder and Joe Puleo.
Also owning extensive coaching experience, Hess served as assistant coach at Muhlenberg College in the fall of 2009 before heading back to Moravian in 2010 to join its staff. He also owns experience coaching in Lehigh’s summer camp and with club FC Lehigh.
Hess graduated from Moravian in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.
"Lehigh is a first-class organization," said Hess. "Not just from the product on the field, but also from the coaching staff down to the entire athletic department, the facilities and the equipment. You can tell just from the fact that they take it so seriously from all those levels. I’m thrilled to be part of the organization."
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