Coach Ryan Hughes enters his 13th 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 95 All-Americans, 37 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 winning women's cross country team national championships 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.
In 2015, 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. 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 sons Christian and Henry.