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The Demon Deacons opened fall practice for the 2014 season on August 13.
Ryan Martin is in his eighth season on the Wake Forest men's soccer staff and fifth season as the recruiting coordinator.
In his seven seasons at Wake Forest, Martin helped Wake Forest reach three-straight College Cups including the program's first national championship in 2007. He also has coached 26 All-ACC players and has helped the team compete for two ACC titles.
As recruiting coordinator, Martin has had five-straight recruiting classes ranked among the top-10 nationally including 2010 (No.3), 2011 (No. 8), 2012 (No. 1), 2013 (No. 9) and 2014 (No. 8). Wake Forest has been the only private school to be ranked in the top-10 each year with Martin as the recruiting coordinator.
He has coached ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Ike Opara along with ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Corben Bone.
Among the players he has coached and recruited, Martin has coached NSCAA All-Americans Pat Phelan, Bone, Sam Cronin, Marcus Tracy, Opara, Zack Schilawski and Cody Arnoux. In addition, Wake Forest has had several MLS SuperDraft Picks during Martin's tenure including: Phelan, Brian Edwards, Julian Valentin, Cronin, Michael Lahoud, Evan Brown, Lyle Adams, Jamie Franks, Tracy, Opara, Bone, Austin da Luz, Schilawski, Jared Watts, Luca Gimenez, Chris Duvall, Tolani Ibikunle and Anthony Arena. MLS Homegrown players have included Jalen Robinson, Collin Martin and Sean Okoli.
Wake Forest has also had MAC Herman Trophy Winner Marcus Tracy and Senior Class Award Winner Sam Cronin.
In 2009, Wake Forest advanced to its fourth straight College Cup and finished the season with a 17-4-3 record. The Deacs also won their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, finishing the conference regular season with a 5-2-1 record. The Demon Deacons led the ACC with 49 goals in 2009 and finished 11th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.04 goals per game.
In 2008, Martin worked with a Wake Forest offense that led the country in scoring and shattered the school record for goals in a season with 81, besting the previous record of 70 goals set in 1983. The Deacs spent most of the season ranked number one and advanced to their third straight College Cup.
Martin joined the staff in 2007 and helped the team to the first national title in program history. The Demon Deacons scored 67 goals during 2007 and led the nation in several offensive categories.
Martin came to Wake Forest after coaching one season at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan. The team finished the season with a 13-1-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
Martin played one season with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.
A four-year letterwinner at Ohio Wesleyan, Martin compiled 45 goals and 32 assists during his career. The team compiled a 72-13-3 record over his four years. Martin was named an NCAA All-American in 2005 and was first team All Great Lakes three times in his career. He is a member of the NCAC All-Decade Team
Martin currently serves as the Director of Coaching at Triad Elite Soccer Club and has a USSF B License. He volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club, helping with the summer camp, "Life Lessons Through Soccer".
Martin is the son of Ohio Wesleyan coach Jay Martin who is the all-time winningest coach in college soccer history.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Martin currently resides in Winston-Salem.