After 11 years of building Lincoln Southwest High School’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs from scratch, Ryan Mahoney is taking his skills to the next level. Effective June 1, 2013, Mahoney will serve as the Head Coach for the Hastings College Bronco Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Current Bronco Head Coach Kendrick Clay ’96 announced earlier this year he is stepping down after 10 years.
“Ryan is a competitor who lives and breathes track,” said Jerry Schmutte, Athletic Director at Hastings College. “With the reputation Ryan built at Lincoln Southwest, I really look forward to watching him build on the previous successes of Hastings College’s cross country and track and field teams.”
Mahoney’s prowess in the classroom impressed Schmutte as much as his coaching reputation.
“Ryan earned the Miliken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2009, which one of his references described as the Nobel Prize of teaching,” Schmutte said. “He’s dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young men and women. That’s exactly what we want in a head coach at Hastings College.”
At Lincoln Southwest, Mahoney has coached 11 individual state champions in various events. As Head Coach at Lincoln Southwest and Assistant Coach at Lincoln Southeast – a position he held from 1998-2002, he has led seven cross country and track and field teams to state championships.
Mahoney maintains his certification as a USA Track & Field (USATF) Level II Coach in Endurance Events, Throwing Events, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays and Jumping Events and served as an official at USATF Junior Olympics in 1999, 2002 and 2008. The Sportscasters Club gave him the Ralph Beechner Coach of the Year Award in 2008.
Mahoney graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with a B.S. in Secondary Education – Social Studies, and he earned an M.A. in Historical Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In addition to teaching AP Psychology at Lincoln Southwest, he has taught a course at UNL on coaching track and field since 2003.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Hastings College: Pursue Your Passion®. Visit Hastings.edu for more.