Mike Ryan- Maine 3rd Down Defenseby Lauren's First and Goal
Defensive Coordinator Mike Ryan of the University of Maine teaches the importance of Philosophy and Identity for a defense. He shares the details of Maine's 3rd Down Defense structure including nickel and dime package pressures and coverage.
University of Maine head coach Nick Charlton appointed Mike Ryan as the Black Bears’ defensive coordinator on Jan. 5, 2019. Ryan played a key part in helping shape Maine’s top-ranked rush defense as the Black Bears allowed just 79.2 rush yards per game during their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) final four run. For three seasons, Ryan was in charge of Maine’s recruiting efforts as he served as the Black Bears’ recruiting coordinator from 2016-2018. Ryan, who served as the Black Bears’ linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2018, helped guide a Maine ‘Black Hole’ defense which ranked in the top-5 among the CAA in third down conversion (28.4), red zone defense (78.7) and scoring defense (23.4 ppg). After joining the Black Bears in 2014 as a defensive line assistant coach, Ryan went on to coach the outside linebackers in 2015 before being promoted to recruiting coordinator and inside linebacker coach in the summer of 2016.