Ryan Metzger, recipient of the 2022 NSCA Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, went to the University of Tennessee after serving as the Senior Assistant of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning at Clemson University since June 2019.
While at Clemson, Metzger had direct oversight of all volunteer interns. She was also directly responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts of Women’s Soccer and Softball, which had much success. Women’s Soccer advanced to the Elite Eight in the 2020 NCAA Tournament—their deepest run since 2006—and Softball captured the 2021 ACC Regular Season Championship in the program’s first complete season.
Prior to VCU, Metzger served as a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky, working with several programs: football, women’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s soccer. She also earned her Master’s in Exercise Physiology while at Kentucky.
Before her time at Clemson, Metzger served as an assistant sports performance coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was directly responsible for field hockey, women’s lacrosse, cross country, and track and field at VCU; she was also the intern director for Olympic sports. While she was there, the Rams track and field team captured five conference championships.
Metzger, who was a gymnast at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a minor in Strength and Conditioning in 2011. In addition, she served as an intern strength and conditioning coach working primarily with football.