Hastings College filled its final coaching vacancy on Tuesday morning, naming Lincoln Southwest High School's Ryan Mahoney the new HC track and field and cross country head coach.
"Ryan is a competitor who lives and breathes track," HC athletic director Jerry Schmutte said in a press release. "With the reputation Ryan built at Lincoln Southwest, I really look forward to watching him build on the previous successes of Hastings College's cross country and track and field teams."
Mahoney has been at Lincoln Southwest for the previous 11 years. He started the Silver Hawks' boys and girls program and was the coach when Southwest won its first-ever girls track and field state championship in 2009. Mahoney was also an assistant coach at Lincoln Southeast from 1998-2002. During that span, the Knights won three girls state championships. Lincoln Southeast also won a total of four cross country state titles — two boys and two girls championships — during Mahoney's time in the program.
After spending the last 16 years coaching at the high school level, Mahoney knows there are going to be some adjustments.
"Coaching in college is going to be a learning process for me, in some aspects," Mahoney said when he was introduced at Hastings College today. "I think, overall, coaching at any level, at its most basic level, is the same. You're trying to get the very most out of high school boys and girls or young college men and women, push kids and athletes beyond what they think, and overall make them better people."