University of Massachusetts men’s soccer head coach Fran O’Leary announced the addition of Ryan Hulings to the staff prior to the 2018 spring season. Hulings comes to UMass after spending the last two seasons at Virginia Tech, most recently as the goalkeeper coach for the Hokies.
“I am delighted to welcome Ryan to the University of Massachusetts and our men’s soccer program,” said O’Leary. “His playing experience at the collegiate and professional level, coupled with coaching in the ACC for the past four seasons, made him the ideal candidate to join our program. He has developed a reputation as one of the top young goalkeeper coaches and we look forward to him developing both current and future UMass keepers.”
Hulings helped coach Virginia Tech to a 10-10 record in 2017 as they made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament while helping the Hokies to a program-record nine shutouts in 2016 as they advanced to the quarterfinals and finished the season as the No. 8-ranked team in the nation with a 13-5-4 record. Hulings coached Hokie goalkeeper and MLS first-round selection Ben Lundgaard to first team All-ACC accolades and the Hero Sports D1 Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2017.
Prior to his time at Virginia Tech, Hulings served as an assistant at Pittsburgh in 2014-15 while coaching the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy and serving as the Goalkeeper Director from 2013-15. At Pittsburgh, the Panthers set a new program-record for consecutive shutout minutes with 380 minutes during the 2015 season. Hulings made his first managerial stop at his alma mater Baldwin Wallace University during the 2013 as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams.
At Baldwin Wallace, Hulings was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter from 2009-12, leading the Yellow Jackets to their first NCAA Tournament berth during his junior season. Hulings played 59 games as a collegiate goalkeeper, starting 53 of them on his way to finishing with a 31-16-8 record to go along with 14 shutouts.
After his collegiate career, Hulings spent time with both the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL, where he played three seasons with the team and made his professional debut on July 19, 2013 against Wigan Athletic F.C.
Hulings graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in sport management.