Ryan Purdy enters his fourth year as the assistant swimming coach of the Fresno State women's swimming and diving team. During his first three seasons with the team, Purdy has contributed greatly to the growing success of the team and has become an integral part of establishing a team of student/athletes who have exceeded expectations in every aspect of Division I swimming at Fresno State.
As the sprint coach, Purdy conducts intense and focused training sessions, aimed toward improving technique, conditioning and strength. He has coached the swimmers to peak performances and personal best times. Sophomore sprinter, Dani Yoho contributed to breaking six Fresno State records at the WAC Championship Meet, including the 50- (:23.05) and 100-yard (:50.20) freestyle races. As a freshman Yoho achieved a Fresno State record time (:23.64) in the 50 Freestyle event during the 2009-2010 season and was a WAC finalist in the same event.
In addition to coaching duties, Purdy serves as the recruiting coordinator for the team. In this capacity, he has inked some impressive recruits. In 2008-2009, he took to the road to recruit talent for the newly reestablished Fresno State swim team; finding student-athletes who were capable of competing at the collegiate level. His recruiting efforts proved to be successful as he and Fleck established a team that meshed and continuously improved as the first season of competition evolved.
In his second season, Purdy was responsible for the recruitment of a superb class of swimmers who made an impact from the moment it entered the water. The 2009-2010 Bulldog team climbed up the standings at the conference meet and won several dual meets. In addition, his recruiting effort for the 2010-2011 season includes some top recruits from across the United States and Canada. Purdy continues to seek out talent that will help build a competitive and winning swim team at Fresno State; a vital aspect in the process of establishing a highly competitive Division I swim team.
His recruiting class for the 2011-12 season will make an immediate impact on the program and add depth to the already deepening team. Purdy works hard for the Bulldog program to insure top-notch athletes are being added.
Purdy began his coaching duties at Fresno State after spending two seasons (2005-2006 and 2007-2008) as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team. At Minnesota, Purdy assisted co-head coaches, Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner. While coaching the middle distance and distance group with Kremer, he was significantly involved in the day-to-day program operations of the swim team. During his tenure at Minnesota, the team made huge strides, breaking numerous school records and winning the Big Ten Championship in 2008, and placing 13th at the NCAA Championship meet. The 13th place finish tied the second highest finish in the history of the University of Minnesota Women's Swimming and Diving. During his coaching stint at Minnesota, Purdy had the opportunity to assist in coaching Christine Jennings who swam for the United States at the 2008 World Open Water Championships. In addition, he helped coach Jillian Tyler who represented Canada in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Purdy was the associate senior director and coach with the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Mission Viejo, Calif., from 2006-2007. While coaching the Nadadores, he was the primary coach for numerous Senior sectional qualifiers and was selected as the coach for the Southern California Swimming All-Star Team that won the 2006 Western Zone Championship meet in Fresno, Calif.
From 2002-2005, Purdy served as the senior coach of the North Shore Swim Club in Duluth, Minn. In addition, he was head coach of the high school girl's swim team at Two Harbors High School in Two Harbors, Minn., and the assistant coach for the boy's and girl's Swimming and Diving Team at Superior Senior High School in Superior, Wisc.
A native of Fort Atkinson, Wisc., Purdy graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2005 with a B.F.A. in Art Education. He is currently pursuing his Master's of Education in Applied Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota.