By Dave Rebstock, Morningside (Iowa) Sports Information Director
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Morningside College (Iowa) head football coach Steve Ryan notched the 100th victory of his coaching career at the college when the No. 1-ranked Mustangs defeated Nebraska Wesleyan University 48-10 Saturday night at Elwood Olsen Stadium.
Ryan is in his 12th season at Morningside, where he has a record of 100-31 for a .763 winning percentage for the highest victory rate in school history. Ryan ranks second in Morningside history with his 100 career coaching triumphs behind Jason Saunderson, who compiled a 118-93-11 record from 1912-41.
Ryan has led Morningside to nine consecutive post-season berths in the NAIA Championship Series, including an appearance in the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship Game, where the Mustangs lost 30-27 in overtime against Marian University.
He was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and American Football Monthly 2012 NAIA National Coach of the Year after he guided Morningside to a 13-1 record, the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship, and the college’s first appearance in a football national championship game. Ryan was named the GPAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2012 and led the Mustangs to GPAC championships in 2005, 2011, and 2012.
Saturday’s victory against Nebraska Wesleyan came in the Mustangs’ 2013 GPAC opener and raised their season’s record to 2-0.