Ryan Lakin
Aurora University
Ryan Lakin
Head Coach
Division 3

Lakin has led the Spartans to a 30-22-8 overall record. Prior to coming to AU, Lakin spent nine seasons as the Illinois Wesleyan University men's soccer coach. In nine seasons at IWU he had a 67-75-16 overall record. Lakin was a three-time Coach of the Year in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin while at Millikin University (1998, 1999, 2001).  Lakin also spent time coaching in the USL at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.  As an assistant coach, his responsibilities were not only training the field players, but working with the goalkeepers daily.  Lakin also was the team's strength and conditioning coach while also serving as the youth director for the Riverhounds.   A 1995 graduate of Illinois State University, Lakin was the men's and women's soccer coach at Millikin from 1998 to 2002. His men's teams compiled a record of 54-29-3 (.645) in five seasons with a league co-championship in 2001. His Big Blue women's teams were 27-60-4 overall (.319) and 4-31 in the CCIW (.114) over the same period. Lakin played collegiate soccer at Illinois State University and earned Most Improved Player for the 1992 Redbirds team and was a 1993 team captain. He was chosen to the Missouri Valley Conference all-league and all-tournament squads, and was named to the all-Midwest region team. He was an assistant coach for the Lincoln College men's soccer team in 1994 and was director of coaching for the Bloomington-Normal Soccer Club from 1995 to 1998. Lakin was assistant director of coaching at Barrington (Ill.) Area Soccer Association and FC Barrington, where he was responsible for the operation and oversight of 2,000 recreational players, 35 travel teams and 15 staff coaches. He is also part of the Olympic Development coaching staff and an instructor on the coaching education staff for the State of Illinois. With the Illinois Youth Soccer Association and FC Barrington, Lakin co-developed and co-instructed the first pilot program for the development of a recreational coaching license.