Entering just his third season at the University of Florida in 2007, Ryan Theis has already left an indelible mark on one of the most storied college women’s volleyball programs of the last two decades.
Theis, who boasts eight years of Division I women's volleyball coaching experience and a dozen years of overall coaching expertise, has served as both the Gators’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator since 2005.
"Working at the University of Florida is an unbelievable experience," Theis said. "To be surrounded with great administration, facilities, coaches, staff, academics and student-athletes is truly an honor."
Already known for its high-powered attack, UF has taken its offensive game to another level with Theis on the sidelines. The Gators have broken the school record for kills per game in each of his two seasons on staff, recording an average of 16.94 in 2006 and shattering that mark with a clip of 17.49 last season. Florida has also ranked among the nation’s top five teams in hitting percentage in both of Theis’ years with the program.
The Orange and Blue has also led the Southeastern Conference in kills per game, hitting percentage and assists per game in each of the last two seasons.
In his time at UF, Theis has also continued to cultivate his reputation as a top-notch recruiter. His first recruiting class at Florida, which comprised the Gators’ freshman class in 2007, included two of the nation’s top 30 high school players and rated among the 10 best classes in the nation. Theis was also critical to the signing of the Gators’ 2008 class, which features four players in the national top 30, including the top overall recruit, and is high in the running to be named the season’s No. 1 class.
No stranger to success in each of his four previous coaching stints, Theis brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the table. The evidence stems from the fact that at each of his prior coaching stops - Northwestern, Indiana and Eastern Illinois – Theis helped guide teams to the NCAA Championship.
Prior to his arrival at Florida, Theis coached at Northwestern, where he helped guide the Wildcats to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2005, as Northwestern advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship and finished with a 20-12 record.
In his two seasons at NU, where he also handled the recruiting duties, Theis helped guide the Wildcats to one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation. One of the Big Ten’s youngest teams in 2004, the Wildcats posted a record of 10-20, but improved to 20-12 in 2005 as Northwestern received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. In 2005, the Wildcats tallied three wins against top-25 opponents and received votes in the AVCA poll in five different weeks.
Before his two-year stay in Evanston, Theis was an assistant coach at Indiana University from 2002-03, where his primary duties included scouting and game plan coordination, in addition to running IU's camps and assisting in player development. The Hoosiers made the NCAA Championship in 2002 and finished just outside the top-25 in the AVCA poll. While in Bloomington, Theis also served as head coach of the Indiana men's club team.
Prior to arriving in the Big Ten, Theis was the top assistant at Eastern Illinois from 2000-01, where he served as recruiting coordinator. In his final season, the Panthers won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament to earn the program's first trip to the NCAA Championship.
Theis played collegiate volleyball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996, but the program was discontinued after the season. He then served as the head coach while playing for the UW-Milwaukee club team from 1997-00, and was a two-time All-Midwest 10 selection as a setter and a three-time team captain. The UW-Milwaukee club team finished in the top-25 in three-consecutive seasons during Theis' tenure as coach. In 1999-00, he also worked as a student assistant for the women's scholarship team.
Theis earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at UW-Milwaukee in 2000 and a master's degree in athletic administration/sport management from Eastern Illinois in 2002.
A native of Madison, Wis., Theis and his wife, Jenny, reside in Gainesville.
Theis At A Glance
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
* B.S. Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000
* M.S. Athletic Administration/Sport Management, Eastern Illinois, 2002
* Head Coach, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's club, 1997-00
* Assistant Coach, Eastern Illinois, 2000-01
* Assistant Coach, Indiana University, 2002-03
* Head Coach, Indiana University men's club, 2002-03
* Assistant Coach, Northwestern University, 2004-05
* Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2006-Present
* University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996
* University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee club, 1997-00
Two-time All-Midwest 10
Three-time team captain
* Wife: Jenny