Chris Ryan

Chris has been involved with rugby for over 30 years. He first started playing rugby at Conestoga High School in 1980. He continued to play until a torn biceps muscle stopped his career at the age of 39. Chris played and was selected at every position on the pitch. The clubs he played for include: East Carolina University, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC, Bethlehem RFC, and many touring and invitational sides. Including Atlantis, an invitational US Sevens touring side.

He began coaching while still playing rugby. Chris has honed his craft of coaching under a who’s who of American rugby coaches: George Betzler (USA Men’s 15s and Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC), Peter Stienberg (USA Women’s 15s and 7s, Keystone RFC), Ray Cornbill (USA Men’s 15s and 7s), Andrew Fautley (USA Men’s and Women’s 7s, New York Rugby Club), Al Caravelli (USA Men’s and Women’s 7s), Peter Bagetta (USA Women’s 15s and 7s, Keystone RFC), Julie McCoy (USA Women’s 7s and 15s, Atlantis 7s), and last, but certainly not least Emil Signes (Princeton University, USA Men’s 7s, USA Women’s 15s and 7s, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC, Bethlehem RFC, Atlantis RFC).

As a head coach or assistant, Chris has won 7 National Championships, placed second three times and third 6 times. He is currently the head coach for Atlantis Elite Level Men’s 7s, and the head coach for the Philadelphia Elite City 7s team.

Starting in 2005, Chris was an assistant coach to Emil Signes on and off at Princeton until the fall of 2013, when he became the head coach.