Ryan Vanhoy

Ryan  Vanhoy

Asheboro, N.C.

Assistant Coach | Distance

Alma Mater:
North Carolina, 2009

4th Season (2016-17)


Rain Fails to Slow Down Rebels at Final Day of Joe Walker Invite

Freshman Waleed Suliman Ran the Fourth-Fastest 800-Meter Time Nationally


Fast Times Highlight Impressive Day Two of Vanderbilt Invite

Freshman Waleed Suliman Ran the Fourth-Best 800-Meter Time in the NCAA


Ole Miss Claims Four SEC Titles at Outdoor Championships

Craig Engels (1500m), MJ Erb (5000m) Add Two More Titles Saturday


Ole Miss Seeking History at NCAA Indoor Championships

School-Record 10 Entries Will Compete for National Titles in College Station


Smith, Vanhoy Named Region Assistant Coaches of the Year

Rebel Sweep of South Region Assistant Coaches of the Year

Updated 9/03/16

Ryan Vanhoy is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Ole Miss track & field staff. He also oversees the cross country teams.   

The 2015 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year’s work with the distance runners in both cross country and on the track has produced some of the best results in school history. 

During his third season in 2015-16, Vanhoy helped the men’s team continue dominance in the SEC and contention at the National level. The Rebels won a program best five SEC titles at the 2016 Indoor Championships, four of which were in distance races. Robert Domanic won the men’s mile, Ryan Walling won the men’s 3000m and 5000m and the quartet of Trevor Gilley, Craig Engels, Ryan Manahan, and Robert Domanic won the third straight men’s distance medley relay championship, all of which Vanhoy was a coach for.  

Ryan Walling was named co-winner of the Cliff Harper Trophy (most points in SEC meet) and his win in the 3000m was the first SEC Championship at the event in school history while the distance medley relay quartet were named All-Americans, another first for the program.  

The Rebels finished the meet with a total of six All-Americans (five being distance runners) tying the school record for the Indoor Championships. 

Vanhoy’s coaching allowed the Rebels to sweep the men’s distance races at the meet, while finishing 1-2-3 in the men’s mile (Domanic, Sean Tobin, Manahan) and 3000m (Walling, Tobin, Wesley Gallagher).

The Rebels also set school records in four women’s distance events. The quartet of Britt Ummels, Jolie Carbo, Shelby Brown and Leanna Zimmer ran a program best 11:28.27 in the women’s distance medley relay. The Ummels twins were able to set school records as well. Britt Ummels added a 3000m school record to her part in the DMR, running a 9:24.09 while her sister, Bo Ummels set a school record in the women’s mile running a 4:47.10. Emily Bean finished off the school records on the women’s side by running a 16:21.96 in the 5000m.  

At the 2016 SEC outdoor meet the men finished fifth, the second best finish all-time at the meet. While the men also turned in five All-Americans, first teamers Domanic and Engels (1500m), MJ Erb (steeplechase), Walling (5000m) and second team member Holland Sherrer (800m). 

During the 2015 cross country season, the Rebels were able to earn five All-Region honors; Tobin, Engels, Erb, Robertson, Tobin and Domanic. Robert Domanic also became only the second three-time All-Region runner in program history, the other being Barnabas Kirui (2006, 2009, 2010).

Mary Alex England was named 2nd team All-SEC as well. With Brandon Harvey earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team.

At the 2015 NCAA South Region the men’s team was able to finish 2nd earning them a trip to the NCAA Championships. The women finished in a program-best 7th.

During his second season in 2014-15, Vanhoy has helped guide the men's distance program into uncharted territory. The Rebels set a school record with 14 entries at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, including 1500-meter runners Robert Domanic and Trevor Gilley, who were the first Rebels to ever qualify for nationals in the event. Additionally, Craig Engels competed in the 800 during the event.  

At the SEC outdoor meet, Ole Miss claimed a remarkable four of the top eight finishers in the men’s 1,500 meters and five of the top 10, led by Engels in third place. 

Vanhoy helped the Ole Miss men to their best SEC indoor finish in 31 years as the Rebels came in fourth. Senior Daniel Bulmer upset the field to win the 2015 SEC indoor mile title, and Bulmer was joined by Dameon Morgan, Holland Sherrer and Engels in capturing the Rebels’ second straight SEC distance medley relay championship. Additionally, Engels was runner-up in the mile, and the Rebels had scoring performances by M.J. Erb in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. 

The indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 have seen perhaps the most impressive feats since Vanhoy arrival. On the men’s side, four of the top six outdoor 1,500 runners in school history have been coached by Vanhoy and six of the top eight indoor milers. On the women’s side, it’s been six of the top nine in the outdoor 1,500 and seven of the top 11 in the indoor mile. 

The Rebel men won the 2014 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championship and made the first NCAA team appearance in program history. They were runners-up at the SEC cross country meet, matching the best finish in program history with the 1968 squad.  

Under Vanhoy’s tutelage, Wesley Gallagher, Sean Tobin and Robert Domanic all finished in the top seven at both the South Region and SEC meets and earned All-Region and All-SEC first team honors. Tobin was voted the SEC Cross Country Co-Freshman Runner of the Year.  

On the track in 2014, the distance runners contributed big points to the Ole Miss men's best SEC outdoor finish in 30 years (fifth place) at the SEC Championships. That included Domanic's runner-up in the 1,500 meters and Tobin's bronze medal in the 5,000.

The indoor season was just as productive, as the Rebels won their first ever SEC title in the distance medley relay with the grouping of Domanic, Montez Griffin, Will Spiers and Tobin. A native of Clonmel, Ireland, Tobin was SEC runner-up in the mile and also became the first Ole Miss runner to ever run a sub-4 minute mile (3:59.91). He was tabbed the SEC Indoor Co-Freshman Runner of the Year by the league coaches.

Vanhoy came to Oxford after one year at Northeastern University and the previous three at the University of North Carolina. 

At Northeastern, Vanhoy coached NU runners to four Colonial Athletic Association conference titles and helped develop Eric Jenkins into an All-American in the indoor 3,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters. In 2013, Jenkins became the fourth-fastest American collegian ever at 5,000 meters (13:18.57) and also ran a sub 4-minute mile (3:58.11). 

Vanhoy spent the previous three years with the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he helped produce two Atlantic Coast Conference champions, five NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers and two Olympic Trails qualifiers. In 2012, he guided Isaac Presson and Ashley Verplank to conference titles in the mile and 1,500 meters, respectively. 

After two years as an assistant coach at UNC, Vanhoy was promoted to head men's and women's cross country coach in January 2012 and was responsible for recruiting and implementation of training programs for more than 40 student-athletes, in addition to other administrative and operational duties. 

During the 2012-13 season, he mentored the men's distance medley relay team, which broke a school record that had stood for 27 years. 

Prior to his promotion, Vanhoy worked as an assistant track and field and cross country coach for two seasons. While coaching the men's middle distance runners, he also managed areas of team compliance, travel and recruiting. 

Vanhoy, who was a member of the Tar Heels' track team, graduated from North Carolina in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in biology. The Asheboro, N.C., native earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from UNC in 2012.

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