Education: B.S. Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000 M.S. Athletic Administration/Sport Management, Eastern Illinois, 2002
Coaching Experience: Head Coach, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's club, 1997-00 Assistant Coach, Eastern Illinois, 2000-01 Assistant Coach, Indiana University, 2002-03 Head Coach, Indiana University men's club, 2002-03 Assistant Coach, Northwestern University, 2004-05 Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2006-08 Head Coach, Ohio University, 2008-2013
Playing Experience: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee club, 1997-00 - Two-time All-Midwest 10, three-time all-conference, three-time team captain
Family Wife: Jenny Children: Carter and Caleb
Individual Bobcat Honors Under Ryan Theis Three athletes with four All-America honors Three athletes with four AVCA All-Mideast Region honors 23 All-MAC honors Four MAC Player of the Year awards One MAC Freshman of the Year award Eight MAC All-Tournament honors Four MAC Tournament MVP awards 19 Academic All-MAC Selections
Named the 11th head coach in program history on March 17, 2008, Ryan Theis immediately translated his reputation as both a superior tactician and one of the nation's premier recruiters into positive results for the Ohio University volleyball program.
In his first season, Theis became only the second Bobcats coach to win the MAC Tournament and take Ohio to the NCAA Championships. He was also only one of three head coaches nationally to lead his team to a berth in the NCAA Championships during his first season in charge.
Theis followed up his inaugural season with a pair of exceptional campaigns in 2009 and 2010. The Bobcats accumulated a 28-4 conference record and reached the NCAA Second Round in consecutive seasons for just the second time in program history, earning victories over Notre Dame (2009) and the University of Pennsylvania (2010) in first round action.
The Bobcats have been a dominant force in the Mid-American Conference during Theis' tenure in Athens. His current overall record of 117-48 (.709) includes a stellar 65-15 mark (.813) in MAC regular season play. The Bobcats have captured the MAC's Eastern Division title all five seasons under Theis and recorded an 11-2 mark (.846) in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Ohio won the MAC regular season title in 2009 and posted a 14-2 conference record in 2012 to capture its second league crown under Theis.
In addition to the team success that Ohio has achieved under his direction, the Bobcats have also garnered a host of individual awards during Theis' short time with the Green & White.
Outside hitter Ellen Herman turned in one of the most decorated careers in program history, capturing AVCA All-America and All-Mideast Region honors, as well as being named two-time MAC Player of the Year, All-MAC, and MAC Tournament MVP in two seasons under Theis from 2008-09. This past season, Kelly Lamberti became the third MAC Player of the Year under Theis. In addition, the Bobcats had a total of five student-athletes named to All-MAC teams in 2012.
In five seasons, Theis has mentored 19 All-MAC selections, five All-Freshman Team selections and 17 Academic All-MAC picks. He also has had three different players (Herman, Sarah Petrulis and Mandy Sue Jacobi) named MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Not content to measure the success of his program solely by its on-court accomplishments, Theis also has made academic achievement a priority for the Ohio volleyball team. In 2008, the Bobcats placed a program-record and league-high five student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC team. In 2009, the team's overall GPA during the academic year was 3.58. The team has also achieved a top-10 APR score during the first four years of Theis' tenure, earning them multiple AVCA Team Academic Awards.
The Madison, Wis., native has also committed to the Ohio volleyball program to play an active role in the Athens community. In addition to holding youth clinics at the Athens Community Center and sponsoring a local youth baseball team, the team also participates in the Little Bobcat Club during the season as a means of giving area youth an opportunity to interact with Ohio players and enhance their volleyball skills.
During the spring of 2010, the team also held a day clinic for the Future Women of Appalachia. The team also participates in numerous university and athletics initiatives like Rufus Reads, a program that helps educate the youth of Athens' local community. In 2012-13, the program took part in Ohio's "Battle for the Books" competition, which provides complimentary volleyball tickets and library funding for local elementary schools.
The Bobcats also joined in the fight against breast cancer, donating more than $10,000 to the Side-Out Foundation over the past five years. Fans routinely pack The Convo for Ohio's Dig Pink Night and it is always one of the most well-attended sporting events on the Ohio Athletics calendar.
In 2013, Theis brought the Bobcats back to the NCAA Championship and led Ohio to the MAC regular season and tournament titles. During the 27-6 campaign, Theis mentored two AVCA All-Americans, two All-Region selections and the MAC Player of the Year in Abby Gilleland.
Prior to his arrival in Athens, Theis accumulated eight years of Division I women's volleyball coaching experience and more than a dozen seasons of overall coaching expertise. In addition to his coaching duties, he spent six of those years in the role of recruiting coordinator at three different institutions.
Theis spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida, where he left an indelible mark on one of the most storied college women's volleyball programs. During his two years in Gainesville, the Gators compiled a record of 59-6 (38-2 Southeastern Conference), won two SEC titles and advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals twice.
Already known for its high-powered attack, UF took its offensive game to another level with Theis on the bench. The Gators broke the school record for kills per game in each of his two seasons on staff, recording an average of 16.94 in 2006 and shattering that mark with a clip of 17.49 the following year. Florida ranked among the nation's top five teams in hitting percentage in both of Theis' years with the program, while the Orange and Blue also led the SEC in kills per game, hitting percentage and assists per game in both campaigns.
In his time at UF, Theis also continued to cultivate his reputation as a top-notch recruiter. His first recruiting class at Florida, which comprised the Gators' freshman class in 2007, included two of the nation's top 30 high school players and rated among the 10 best classes in the country. Theis was also critical in the signing of the Gators' 2008 class, which featured four players in the national top 30, including the top overall recruit, and was named the nation's No. 1 class by PrepVolleyball.com.
No stranger to success in each of his four previous coaching stints, Theis brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the table. The evidence stems from the fact that at each of his prior coaching stops - Florida, Northwestern, Indiana and Eastern Illinois - Theis helped guide teams to NCAA Championship berths.
Theis was an assistant and handled recruiting duties at Northwestern for two seasons, helping guide the Wildcats to one of the most successful campaigns in school history in 2005. NU was just 10-20 in 2004, but finished 20-12 in 2005 and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, where Theis and the Wildcats advanced to the second round.
Before his two-year stay in Evanston, Theis was an assistant coach at Indiana University from 2002-03, where his primary duties included scouting and game plan coordination, in addition to running IU's camps and assisting in player development. The Hoosiers made the NCAA Championship in 2002 and finished just outside the top-25 in the AVCA poll. While in Bloomington, Theis also served as head coach of the Indiana men's club team.
Prior to arriving in the Big Ten, Theis was the top assistant at Eastern Illinois from 2000-01, where he also served as recruiting coordinator. In his final season, the Panthers won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament to earn the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship.
Theis began his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996, but the program was discontinued after the season. He then served as head coach while playing for the UW-Milwaukee club team from 1997-00, and was a two-time All-Midwest 10 selection as a setter and a three-time team captain. The UW-Milwaukee club team finished in the top-25 in three-consecutive seasons during Theis' tenure as coach. In 1999-00, he also worked as a student assistant for the women's scholarship team.
Theis currently resides in Athens with his wife, Jenny, and sons, Carter and Caleb.