Bolles alumnus Ryan Silverfield ’99 has been named Head Coach for the University of Memphis football program, announced by the school on December 13. The move comes just five days after Silverfield was elevated to interim head coach. Silverfield is preparing the Tigers for the 2019 Goodyear Cotton Bowl on December 28 in Dallas, Texas.
In the 2019 season, Silverfield served as deputy head coach and offensive line coach, helping the Tigers to the program’s first outright conference title since 1969. Memphis won the 2019 American Athletic Conference championship on December 7 with a 29-24 win over Cincinnati.
Silverfield also has also helped Memphis to three-straight American Athletic Conference West Division titles from 2017-19, four-straight bowl appearances from 2016-19, 38 wins over the past four seasons, including two 10-plus win campaigns in 2017 (10-3) and 2019 (12-1).
He coached offensive linemen to five All-Conference honors in his four years at Memphis. Collectively, the offensive line was one of ten semifinalists for the 2018 Joe Moore Award, given to the best offensive line in college football. For his role, Silverfield was named one of six finalists for the offensive line coach of the year award sponsored by FootballScoop.
Silverfield joined Memphis in 2016 with over 18 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and NFL levels. He remains the only coach to have worked with an NCAA single-season rushing leader and an NFL single-season rushing leader. At UCF, Silverfield helped tutor Kevin Smith when the junior back led college football with 2,567 yards in 2007. Five seasons later in 2012, Silverfield was at Minnesota, where the Vikings' offensive line paved the way for Adrian Peterson's 2,097-yard season.
Silverfield has also coached with the Detroit Lions, Arizona State University, University of Toledo, Jacksonville University and his college alma mater, Hampden-Sydney College. He began his coaching career at Bolles, where he coached for one season. During his playing career at Bolles, Silverfield was a member of the 1995 and 1998 state championship teams and helped the Bulldogs to a No.1 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 national poll.