Ryan Hess enters his fourth season as Lehigh’s Assistant Coach and his sixth season on the Lehigh men’s soccer coaching staff in 2016. Hess spent his first two years at Lehigh in the part-time assistant coach position.
Hess helped guide Lehigh to its second-ever Patriot League Championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Hess has mentored 15 All-Patriot League selections, seven All-Region honorees, and five Academic All-Patriot League member in his five years 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.
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.