Tony Ryan has been selected as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association High School Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for the state of Florida for the 2021 season. State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2021 cross country season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years.
The Bolles girls won consecutive state titles for the sixth time in program history and for the 13th time overall, moving into sole possession of the record for most state titles in Florida history. The girls also continued their streak of consecutive top-5 state finishes (28) and top-2 finishes (14). The state title is Ryan’s ninth at Bolles and 12th overall in his career. 2021 also marked the first time in girls’ program history that Bolles claimed the individual and team championship in the same season as Jillian Candelino ’23 won the girls’ Class 2A race.
The winners from each state are in consideration for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced later this month as the national winners.