The Lakota school district’s high school athletic department announced Monday that it hired Brennan Ryan as its new head coach of the Lakota West wrestling program.Ryan, who has experience as a wrestling head coach at Roger Bacon and Madeira high schools, was hired to replace Tim Kessler.
Kessler left the program in order to spend more time with his family, according to 2011-2012 Lakota West athletic director Gerry Weisgerber. Kessler had been the head coach since 2009 and a member of the Lakota West coaching staff since 1997. He and his wife have four children.
Ryan’s experience includes seven seasons from 2000-2001 to 2006-2007 as the head coach at Roger Bacon, four seasons from 2007-2008 to 2010-2011 as an assistant at The College of Mount St. Joseph and one season in 2011-2012 as the head coach at Madeira.
“I am absolutely thrilled and also greatly surprised to be named head wrestling coach at Lakota West High School,” Ryan said. “It is a little overwhelming to come to a program that has achieved so much success over the years.
“My goal is to come in here and continue those winning ways as soon as possible.”
Last winter, the Lakota West wrestling team finished second in the Greater Miami Conference. From the 2001-2002 season through the 2008-2009 season, the program finished first in the GMC seven times in eight years.
During his tenure at Roger Bacon, Ryan’s teams had a dual record of 86-24 and led teams to two different Cincinnati Enquirer Division II-III coaches poll city titles. At Mount St. Joseph, he was voted NCAA Mid-States Conference Assistant Coach of the Year, according to a release from Lakota.
“My style as a coach is to be aggressive and attack relentlessly for six minutes, and being in better shape than our opponents,” Ryan said. “When a match is over, win or lose, I would like our opponents to know that they just wrestled someone from Lakota West.”