April 20, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico volleyball head coach Kelley McKee recently signed Nicole Ryan (Seal Beach, Calif.) to a National Letter of Intent to join the Lobos next fall. Ryan brings the signing class to four players for next season, joining Kim Cox (Flagstaff, Ariz./Coconino High School), Samie Weber (Fort Lupton, Colo./Fort Lupton High School) and Emily Zastrow (Glendale, Ariz./Deer Valley), who each signed NLI's in the fall.
Nicole Ryan * 5-11 * Outside Hitter * Seal Beach, Calif. (Golden West Community College/East Tennessee State University)
Ryan will immediately provide depth and experience to the Lobos in 2004. She began her career at East Tennessee State, where she was named the 2002 Freshman of the Year in the Southern Conference. After a coaching change at ETSU, Ryan transferred to Golden West Community College, and led the Rustlers to a perfect 22-0 season and a California State Junior College Championship last fall. For her efforts, she was named to the All-State Tournament Team and was an All-Orange Empire Conference First-Team selection.
Personal: She is the daughter of Edwin and Bonnie Ryan...possible nursing major at this time...maintains a 3.0 GPA.
Coach McKee on Ryan:
"Nicole brings us experience and a winning tradition. She played NCAA Division I and then transferred to Golden West where she played for legendary coach Albert Gasparian and was a part of a championship team this past fall. We feel that she brings us maturity and confidence at the net with a strong competitive nature. Nicole has the physical ability to terminate and will raise the level of competition in our gym daily with her work ethic."