Ryan served as EKU’s associate athletic trainer from August 2012 until July 2015. He filled the role of interim director of sports medicine since July.
“Throughout the fall sports season and into the winter, Jake served as interim director of sports medicine as well as maintaining his duties that were previously assigned as assistant athletic trainer,” Lochmueller said. “Jake’s commitment and performance to the program was outstanding and because of his performance he was overwhelmingly endorsed by our coaches for the permanent position of director of sports medicine. We welcome him in his new leadership position in sports medicine.”
As director of sports medicine, Ryan will oversee the entire athletic training staff, including three full time athletic trainers and four graduate assistants. Ryan’s other responsibilities include managing insurance claims, coordinating doctor visits, and coordinating drug testing based on EKU and NCAA policies.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Ryan said. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the student-athletes and coaches here at EKU. This is a special place to me and I’m thrilled to be moving into this new role.”
Ryan, who received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an option in athletic training from Eastern Kentucky in 1999, returned to Richmond after serving as the assistant athletic trainer at Georgetown College for five years.
Ryan spent four years at Concord University, serving as the assistant athletic trainer from 2003 to 2005 and then as the head athletic trainer for two years (2005-07). He also served as an athletic trainer in the Baltimore Orioles organization for two seasons (2002-03).
While working at Concord and Georgetown, Ryan was an instructor in both schools’ athletic training departments.
Ryan earned a master’s degree in exercise and leisure studies from Murray State in 2001.