July 21, 2012
Ryan Tanoue, a seven-time All-American and former NCAA champion with the Nevada rifle team, was recently named the head coach of the Ohio State rifle team.
Tanoue had been serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wolf Pack while earning his master’s degree and beginning work in a doctorate program at Nevada.
“Ryan will make a great coach,” Nevada rifle coach Fred Harvey said. “His teaching and leadership skills are among the best I have ever known.”
Tanoue earned seven All-American honors while at Nevada – four times in air rifle and three times in smallbore rifle – during his career from 2002-05. He was the 2002 NCAA individual champion in air rifle and named to the U.S. National Team in 2003. He medaled at six U.S. National Championships and twice won the national championships in addition to two international wins.
“I’m excited to become part of the Ohio State family and bring my knowledge and experience to the program,” said Tanoue, a native of Honolulu. “I look forward to meeting the student-athletes and staff and I’m eager to get to work to take the program to an elite level.”
In announcing the hire, Ohio State associate athletics director Chris Schneider said, ““We are very excited to have Coach Tanoue join the Ohio State staff. He brings with him experience as an NCAA national champion and as a U.S. national champion. His combination of technical skills and understanding of the mental aspects of collegiate shooting will be a great asset for our student-athletes.”