On July 8, 2010, Long Beach State director of athletics Vic Cegles announced that Ryan Ressa has been named the men's head golf coach at LBSU. Ressa joins the 49ers after serving as an assistant at UCLA, Duke, San Diego and Washington State.
"Ryan is a terrific addition to Long Beach State Athletics and the men's golf program," Cegles said. "His experiences coaching nationally ranked teams and involving community in the effort will be a great asset as we continue to pursue championships and national recognition."
This past season, Ressa helped UCLA to a 16th place finish at the NCAA Finals in Chattanooga, Tenn. UCLA finished the season ranked No. 7 (Golfstat) in the nation as it recorded a pair of tournament victories and ten top-10 finishes.
Before working at UCLA, Ressa spent two years at Duke where he helped the Blue Devils place 14th at the NCAA Finals in 2009. Duke captured two tournaments victories and recorded seven top-10 finishes during the 2008-09 season. While at Duke, Ressa signed the No. 5, No. 11 and No. 30-ranked players in the nation.
Prior to his arrival in Durham, N.C., Ressa served two seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego, where the Toreros advanced to their first ever NCAA Tournament in 2006. USD recorded 11 top-five finishes during his two-year stint in San Diego and placed second at the West Coast Conference Championship in 2007.
A two-year letterwinner at Washington State, Ressa recorded four top-25 finishes during the 2002-03 season, including an eighth-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford. Before arriving at WSU, Ressa won the California Junior College State Championship in 2002 while playing for College of the Desert. He was named Foothill Conference MVP, earned All-state honors and was a member of the Dean's List in 2002.
Ressa graduated from Washington State in 2003 with a degree in sociology, where he served as an assistant for two seasons after graduating from WSU.