Head Men's/Women's Cross Country Coach
Head Men's/Women's Track & Field Coach
Coach Ryan Hughes 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.