Deacs create plenty of good opportunities as forward Sean Okoli nets first tally of spring
Ryan Martin is in his eighth season on the Wake Forest men's soccer staff and sixth year as a full-time assistant coach.
Martin served as a volunteer assistant coach during 2007 and 2008 before moving into a full time assistant coach position in 2009. When Martin arrived in 2007, the Deacs advanced to three straight College Cups, including the program's first national championship in 2007.
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 and added three assists.
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.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Martin currently resides in Winston-Salem.