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Ryan Goggans hired as new Ripon College Head Swim Coach


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RIPON, Wis. - After a nationwide search, Ripon College has hired Ryan Goggans as its Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach. Goggans comes to Ripon from St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn., where he served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for their swim team.

While with St. Cloud, Goggans was accountable for mid-distance and butterfly training groups, on deck support and recruiting and utilizing social media for the program. In his one year as an assistant coach, St. Cloud earned seven All-American selections and conference championships in eight events. The also broke 21 school records during that season.

Goggans earned his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from St. Cloud, where he served as Team Captain of the swimming and diving team and was named Honorable Mention All-American Scholar Athlete.

"We’re extremely pleased to welcome Ryan to the Red Hawks Athletic Department and to the Ripon community," Ripon College Athletic Director Julie Johnson said. "I look forward to seeing the improvement and growth that he will bring to the Ripon swimming program."

A registered Minnesota Swimming Official, Goggans has been a starter/referee and diving judge at high schools and YMCAs. He is also CPR and First Aid Certified.and has participated as a coach and volunteer at the Special Olympics Wisconsin in Appleton.

Goggans is,currently working towards the completion of his Masters Degree in Sports Management from St. Cloud.

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Ripon College Moves Up in National Rankings

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Ripon College jumped up on the annual list of the most prestigious and best value national liberal arts colleges according to new rankings released today in U.S. News & World Report. The news follows Ripon College’s leap forward last week in The Washington Monthly’s yearly list of “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges, which also measures the cost and worth of the degree for its students.

“The Ripon College community is proud of its academic heritage and its bright future,” said President Zach Messitte. “While rankings should always be taken with a grain salt, it is nice to be recognized as both a top national institution and one that places a premium on finding value for our students.”

In the U.S. News listing of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” Ripon College ranked 30th and was one of only two Wisconsin colleges to meet the publication’s criteria of high quality academics at an affordable cost. Overall, Ripon rose in the rankings on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges listing to 113th in the nation.

In the Washington Monthly’s review of national liberal arts colleges, Ripon was named the 23rd “Best Bang for the Buck” and cracked the list of top 100 best National Liberal Arts Colleges at 99th.

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