Sept. 20, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Aby Ryan is resigning her position as the winningest head women's tennis coach in Santa Clara University history to pursue opportunities outside of the sport she has spent her life around, Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick announced today.
"I have been giving this decision a lot of thought," said Ryan, who compiled a 108-96 record in nine seasons at Santa Clara. "I have mixed emotions. I'm sad about leaving such a wonderful community and group of talented student-athletes. Yet, at the same time, I've been an athlete my entire life and I'm excited to discover what else is out there for me. I've been considering putting my psychology degree to work, but I will take some time to find the right position for me."
"Aby has built a strong foundation to our women's tennis program and we will certainly miss her," Levick said. "We want to continue to improve upon the momentum and success she has created. We wish her well in all her future endeavors."
A 1990 graduate of the University of San Diego, Ryan led the Broncos to six winning seasons and produced nine all-West Coast Conference selections, including 2003 WCC Player of the Year Christine Limbers, and 10 All-Academic honorees.
"Working at Santa Clara has been a tremendous experience for me," said Ryan. "My favorite part year in and year out is the relationships that are formed with the student-athletes. It's priceless. I'm also going to miss the friendships that I have with the other coaches.
"Santa Clara is a wonderful place, and a supportive environment in which to work. My husband Mike and I are planning to remain a part of the Santa Clara community and attend as many athletic events as we can."
Ryan became the all-time winningest coach in program history in the Broncos' final home match of the 2002 regular season. In her second match the following year, Ryan became Santa Clara's first women's tennis coach to notch 100 victories. She concluded the 2002 season by leading the Broncos to a third-placing showing at the league championship, SCU's highest finish in the 17-year history of the tournament, and repeated that feat last season. In 1997, her squad set a single-season school record for wins with 16, and registered its fourth consecutive winning season in '98, recording a 13-7 mark, with those seven losses the fewest during Ryan's tenure.
Prior to joining the Bronco athletic staff in 1995, Ryan played on the professional circuit in Europe and the United States, through 1991. For eight years, she served as the head professional at the San Jose Swim & Racquet Club.