Head Men's/Women's Cross Country Coach
Head Men's/Women's Track & Field Coach
Coach Ryan Hughes enters his 10th season as head coach of both the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs. A USATF Level I certified coach, he has been an excellent developer of cross country and track and field athletes: producing 67 All-Americans, 22 National Champions and 5 National Record Holders in his tenure with the Roadrunners. His teams have also finished in the top 6 nationally 17 times including the women’s team national championship in 2006 and 2012. Hughes has been named Region XIX Coach of the Year 21 times for both cross country and track and field. At the national level, Coach Hughes has been honored as the 2006 and 2012 NJCAA Div. III National Women’s Coach of the Year and the 2010 NJCAA Div. III National Men’s Coach of the Year. In 2006, Coach Hughes was also honored by USA Track & Field and the US Olympic Committee as an "emerging elite" coach and has been invited to coaching conferences around the country.
Focusing just on this past season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams had an amazing Fall. The women were National Champions with 3 runners finishing in the top 10, earning All-American honors. The men were National Runner-up with 3 runners also earning All-American honors. With these finishes, the Gloucester County College XC program earned the prestigious “Coaches Cup” for the best combined team in the nation. Coach Hughes was named National Coach of the Year and is currently in the midst of a great track season. The Gloucester County College track and field teams are currently ranked #1 and #3 in the latest national polls.
Hughes began his coaching career at the high school level in Missouri where he helped his team earn a state title in 2001. He ran scholastically at Edgewood High School (now Winslow Township) and at Rowan University. He graduated from Rowan University in 1999 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. In 2009, he earned his Master's Degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He continues to run competitively and currently teaches at Triton High School.
A southern New Jersey native, Hughes currently resides in Glassboro, NJ with his wife Kelly and son Christian.