Rowan College at Gloucester County

Coaching Staff

​​​Ryan Hughes

Ryan Hughes
Head ​Men's/Women's Cross Country Coach
Head Men's/Women's Track & Field Coach
Phone: 856-415-2207

Coach Ryan Hu​ghes enters his 15th season as head coach of both the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs.

Coach Hughes and his staff are coming off a spectacular 2018 track and field season in which the Roadrunners' men's team captured the NJCAA Division III national championship, while the women's team finished as national runner-up!  Coach Hughes was named the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coach of the Year.

A USATF Level I certified coach, he has been an excellent developer of cross country and track and field athletes, producing  136 All-Americans, 52 National Champions and 5 National Record Holders in his tenure with the Roadrunners. His teams have also finished in the top 6 nationally 37 times and in the top 3 nationally 15 times!  Included in this impressive team record are 5 National Championship teams:  Women's Cross Country in 2006 and 2012, Men’s Track in 2014 and 2018 and Women’s Track in 2013.. Hughes has been named Region XIX Coach of the Year 22 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 and 2018 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.

In 2015-2018, the RCGC coaching staff swept the USTFCCCA awards for the East Region, winning Men's and Women's Coach of the Year and Men's and Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. 

The cross country/track and field programs at RCGC have a long history of success, but we also strive to help every single athlete improve and maximize their potential both athletically and academically.  Whether you are setting national records or just personal records, every member of the team is a vital part of our Roadrunner family.  Athletes from RCGC have gone on to compete at almost every local college/university, several have gone on to compete after earning scholarships to NCAA DII and DI colleges, and several have moved on to compete at schools across the country.  Aside from athletic success, we have had a long tradition of academic success.  Numerous athletes have earned Academic All-American honors, the teams have been named NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year, several athletes have been named National Student-Athletes of the Year, and several former student athletes have gone on to earn advanced degrees, PhD's and MD's.

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. He was honored at Rowan in 1999 as the athlete-of-the-year.  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 resides in Glassboro, NJ with his wife Kelly, and sons Christian, Henry and Benjamin Fritz.  In Glassboro, he is currently a member of the Glassboro Board of Education.

​​​Ryan Hughes

​Leyna Ambrose
Assistant ​Cross Country Coach

RCGC Athletics welcomes new Assistant Cross Country Coach Leyna Ambrose, who previously served as Timber Creek High School’s girls’ coach for 9 seasons.

Leyna attended Triton Regional High School where she competed in cross country and track and field her sophomore, junior and senior years. During that time, she was named to the First Team All-Olympic Conference, All-County, All-South Jersey and All-State Teams for two years in a row. She was the South Jersey Cross Country Group 4 Sectional Champion and was 8th overall at the New Jersey State Meet of Champions her senior year. 

In track, she concentrated on the 1600 and 3200m events and was a three-time First Team All-Olympic Conference, All County and a two-time All-South Jersey and All-State selection at 3200m. She was 3rd over-all in the 3200m run at the New Jersey State Meet of Champions her senior year and continues to hold several school records at Triton.

Leyna continued her running career at LaSalle University, where she was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference Selection in cross country and was a member of three Atlantic 10 Conference Championship teams. In track, her main focus was the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. She was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference Selection and an Atlantic 10 Champion at 10,000 meters her senior year. She also qualified twice for the ECAC Championships at 10,000 meters her junior and senior years. She held the school record for 10,000 meters and several other relay records at LaSalle as well. She qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field National Championships her senior year.

Leyna currently resides in Williamstown with her husband Tom and three children; Emily, Chase and Landon.