Rowan College at Gloucester County

Coaching Staff

Ryan Hughes
Head Men's/Women's Cross Country Coach
Head Men's/Women's Track & Field Coach
Phone: 856-415-2207
E-mail: rhugh​es@rcgc.ed​u

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. 

This past track season, 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. This season, we return our 3 individual national champions from last year and they look to continue to make a large impact nationally. 

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. ​

Joe Kalnas
Assistant Track & Field Coach

Coach KALNAS enters his 11th season as Assistant Coach, the Head Throws Coach and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for both the Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams. A long standing USA Track and Field (USATF) member of 17 years, a USATF Level I Certified Track & Field Coach and a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Coach KALNAS has trained nearly every top thrower in Gloucester County College/Rowan College at Gloucester Counties history; producing 13 NJCAA Division III National Champions, 90+ top ten National Championship finishers of which 70+ have earned a place on the podium, 19 All – American's, 5 School Records and 1 National Record. This past 2016 season Coach KALNAS was named by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the NJCAA D-III Men's Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year – East Region; he received the same award for both Men and Women in 2015. In 2011 KALNAS was the NJCAA Division-III National Assistant Coach of the year. In 2006 KALNAS was honored by USA Track & Field and the US Olympic Committee as an "Emerging Elite" coach.

Completing the 2016 season RCGC's Men's & Women's Track & Field Teams continued their success finishing amongst the top teams in the nation, Men 2nd and Women 4th overall. The Throws team finished strongly with a combined 2nd place ranking. This marks the 5th consecutive year that the Throw's Team has been ranked2nd or higher. Nearly every Thrower who qualified for the National Championship earned a place on the podium where they added 3 more National Champions (Men's & Women's Javelin and Women's Shot – Put), 5 All – Americans (Women's Hammer, Men's & Women's Javelin and Women's Shot Put) and 14 more place finishers for the program. Continuing their dominance in the Javelin both the Men & Women repeated as National Champions going back – to – back – to – back for 2014, 2015, and 2016. RCGC Throwers boasted 3 athletes within the top 25 USTFCCCA national rankings which includes all NJCAA divisions and also finished their season with some of the top freshman and sophomore marks compared to any NCAA D I, II, & III school(s) in New Jersey.

Coach KALNAS began his throwing career in 1992, following his family's legacy which collectively has over 220 years of throwing experience. KALNAS was the training partner of his Cousin Jon KALNAS who during their training together was ranked Top 20 in the world in the shot – put. Beginning his college years at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina he was a walk on for the DI program. He would later transfer to Gloucester County College; finishing top ten in the nation in the Discus and graduating with an Associates in Exercise Science in 2006. Having exhausted his eligibility, he became a volunteer coach for GCC – in that same year he produced his first Throwing National Champion (Duane SAUNDER's c/o 2006) whom also set a National Record in the Shot Put (16.59 m/54' 5 ¼"). Coach KALNAS would go on to complete his undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington earning a Bachelors in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2008. While a student at UNCW, KALNAS continued to coach as a Volunteer Assistant Throws Coach for the DI program where they went on to win two CAA conference titles.

KALNAS also enters his 15th year as a full – time Juvenile Detention Officer for the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center. He is a Paulsboro High School class of 2000 graduate where he was a member of the state record plus nationally ranked football team for consecutive wins (63) and the 1998 NJ State Group I Track and Field Team Champions. KALNAS now resides in Glassboro with his girlfriend Dana.​​​