Julie Ryan enters her sixth year as Babson's head field hockey coach after joining the department in January of 2007. In her first five seasons at the helm she has led Babson to an overall record of 61-42 (.592), including a 16-6 mark, the program's first-ever NEWMAC Championship, and the team's second NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. As a result of her team's success that fall, Ryan was named the 2010 NEWMAC and NFHCA New England East Regional Coach of the Year.
A native of Brewster, Massachusetts, Ryan came to Babson from nearby Boston College, where she served as the Eagles' assistant field hockey coach from May of 2005 until June of 2006. After her term as an assistant, she worked as an intern in the BC Athletics Department while serving as the head coach of the BC Club Field Hockey Team and the Worcester County United U16 Team.
Prior to her arrival at BC, Ryan worked stints as an assistant field hockey coach at both Springfield College and Yale University. She has also coached at numerous field hockey camps throughout New England, including the US Field Hockey Association Futures Program, while serving as director of the prestigious Revolution Field Hockey Camps.
A 2002 graduate of Quinnipiac University, Ryan received her Master's Degree in Sports Management and Recreation from Springfield in 2006. In addition to coaching, she has worked as an assistant sports information director at Quinnipiac and a sports information intern at Yale.
Ryan enjoyed a brilliant playing career while at Quinnipiac, earning Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Academic All-American, First Team Regional All-American, and NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star honors in 2001. A four-year letterwinner who served as team captain during her senior season, Ryan was selected as Quinnipiac's Female Athlete of the Year award, and in 2010 she was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame. She will be a double-inductee at the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame as of this coming fall, when her 2001 team will be honored after becoming the program's first to reach the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level.
In addition to her current role as head coach, Ryan also serves as Babson's equipment coordinator.