Ryan Hess enters his second season on the Lehigh men’s soccer coaching staff. Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Hess came to Lehigh from nearby Moravian College where he enjoyed a standout playing and coaching career, with a coaching stint at Muhlenberg sandwiched in between. He is also a captain for local FC Sonic, a team which features a number of Mountain Hawks’ players.
"Through the generosity of our alumni, we’ve been able to create a part time assistant position for the first time since I’ve been here," said Koski. "It not only presents a great opportunity for us to bring in someone like Ryan Hess, but it also provides a great opportunity for a young, enthusiastic coach like Ryan, who can join our staff and get valuable Division I experience. Ryan is a terrific coach for his age and I think this is a great fit for both parties."
During his playing career, Hess was a four-year starter, three-time captain and two-time team MVP at Moravian under current Lehigh women’s soccer coach Eric Lambinus. Hess’ success was highlighted by his senior season when he was named Second Team All-Landmark Conference.
Hess’ playing experience includes time with a pair of local amateur teams the past four seasons: Pennsylvania Stoners and FC Sonic. He won a national championship with the Stoners while playing with various Lehigh players for the Sonic, including sophomore Ali Famili and recent graduates Jordie Ciuffetelli, Daniel Odenwelder and Joe Puleo.
Also owning extensive coaching experience, Hess served as assistant coach at Muhlenberg College in the fall of 2009 before heading back to Moravian in 2010 to join its staff. He also owns experience coaching in Lehigh’s summer camp and with club FC Lehigh.
"I’ve watched Ryan develop significantly over the last few years as a club coach," said Koski. "He’s certainly ready for this opportunity. We are fortunate that he was able to accept this position and we’re looking forward to his involvement in our program."
Hess graduated from Moravian in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.
"Lehigh is a first-class organization," said Hess. "Not just from the product on the field, but also from the coaching staff down to the entire athletic department, the facilities and the equipment. You can tell just from the fact that they take it so seriously from all those levels. I’m thrilled to be part of the organization."