Ryan Souders is in his fifth year as men’s soccer coach at Calvin College. He also serves as the coordinator of athletics recruitment at Calvin.
A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Souders is a 2003 Wheaton Academy Graduate and a 2007 graduate of Wheaton College. Heading into the 2016 season, Souders has produced a won-loss record of 72-12-6 (.833) that includes four MIAA regular season crowns, three MIAA Tournament titles and three trips to the NCAA III Tournament. During his time at Calvin, he has also coached five players in Nick Holtrop, Travis Vegter, Sean Broekhuizen, Niko Giantsopoulos and Nick Groenewold who have received Division III All-America honors.
In 2015, Souders led Calvin to its first 20-win campaign as the Knights captured the MIAA regular season crown with a 14-0-0 conference record and then won the MIAA Tournament title with wins over Hope and Alma. He would help lead the Knights to the third-ever NCAA semifinals in school history, where the Knights would finish the year with a 1-0 loss to Loras College in Kansas City, Missouri. The Knights finished the 2015 NCAA III Tournament with an overall record of 24-1-1. In addition, Souders helped Calvin gain its first No. 1 national ranking in the NSCAA Division III Top 25 poll since 2010. Souders was named the Division III Men’s Soccer Central Region Coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.