The new varsity water polo program at Augustana College in Illinois has tabbed Ryan Pryor to be it’s first head coach. Pryor resigned from his position with the Virginia Military Institute after six-year run during which its womens’ team saw marked improvement, finishing the abbreviated 2020 season with a 12-1 record. He will lead both the Vikings’ men’s and women’s varsity programs.
The Michigan native departs Lexington having led the Keydets to four consecutive winning seasons and three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament berths. In 2017 VMI honored him with its Nathaniel W. Pendleton award for excellence in coaching. That same year he earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors.
“I am thrilled that Augustana was able to attract an experienced coach and mentor to launch our men’s and women’s water polo programs,” commented Director of Athletics Mike Zapolski. “Ryan’s past coaching experiences, myriad of contacts and the added benefit of a new, state-of-the-art facility will serve him well in the recruiting process as he builds a highly competitive program.”[Augustana Athletics]
The Vikings will begin competition as members of the Collegiate Water Polo Association in the 2021-22 scholastic year.