Ryan Patridge returns to the Jacksonville University women's soccer coaching staff for his third season in 2017. Patridge joined the Dolphins' program in March 2015, after spending one year on staff with the Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club.
"We are excited to have Ryan join our staff," said JU Head Coach Brian Copham. "He brings a wealth of coaching experience and has achieved success at every level he has coached. He will be a good fit with the culture, dynamic and expectations we have for our program. I have seen teams he coaches and know that they play with great energy, passion, and direction and I feel his ideas and commitment will be an excellent addition to our program."
Prior to working in Ohio, he aided the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club/Attack Soccer Club in Birmingham, Ala. where he was on staff for 12 Alabama Youth Soccer Association state champion teams from U11-U19. Between 1997 and 2007, Patridge helped the club to five Region III tournament quarterfinal appearances and two Region III tournament semifinal appearances.
On the high school level, he was a boy's varsity soccer head coach for over 10 years. Returning to his alma mater Shades Valley, he guided the team to a pair of state championships in 2001 and 2004 before a highly successful five-year stint with Oak Mountain High School.
Under his tutelage, Oak Mountain garnered a record of 124-21-8 while also earning two 6A state titles, a spring national championship and numerous top rankings by the NSCAA and EliteSoccerReport.com.
Patridge's personal recognitions and accolades include being tabbed a three-time Coach of the Year by the Birmingham News as well as ESPN's Rise National Coach of the Year.
Many of his student-athletes have gone on to achieve success at the professional level; they include Victoria Fredrick (Seattle Reign FC), Katy Frierson Freels (Sky Blue FC), Chandler Hoffman (Philadelphia Union, LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo), Merritt Mathias (FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC) and Allison Whitworth (FC Gold Pride, Chicago Red Stars, Atlanta Beat).