Ryan Orner returns for his fourth season under head coach Bobby Van Allen to assist with the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams. In 2009 he helped guide the women's cross country team to a No. 1 national ranking and a seventh place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
While at Hopkins, Orner has helped coach individuals and teams that have been successful on the conference, regional and national scale. He has coached seven NCAA Division III All-American's, 14 individual NCAA qualifiers and two team NCAA qualifiers. He has also coached 15 All-Mideast Region cross country selections and helped the women's cross country team to Mideast Regional Championships in 2008 and 2009. In the Centennial Conference, Hopkins has produced 13 individual champions, three team champions, 16 all-conference performers and set six conference records during his tenure.
Orner assisted the women's distance medley relay team to a seventh place finish in the nation in 2009 and 10 track and field distance records have been broken during his time at JHU. Much of Blue Jays success can be attributed to a dynamic core routine that Orner has implemented since joining the staff.
Orner began his coaching career in 2006 at Oldfields School, a private boarding school in Baltimore County, Maryland. As the head coach, Orner was able to establish and develop the first cross country program at Oldfields. Orner graduated from Towson University in 1999 with a degree in Psychology. While at Towson, he competed for both the cross-country and track and field teams. As a captain of the Tigers' cross country team in 1999, Orner led the squad to a Maryland State Championship and the most successful season in team history. Orner also qualified for four ECAC championships and was a finalist at the America East Conference Championships in several events.