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Ryan Banta

“Do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.”


Coaching accolades
Member of Missouri Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (MTCCCA) Hall of Fame 2021, USTFCCCA Girl’s Coach of the Year 2022, MTCCCA Coach of the Year 2021 & 2022, Ryan is the Author of the Sprinter’s Compendium, St. Louis Suburban Conference Coach of the Year 2022, past President of the MTCCCA, and has a Master’s in Positive Psychology from the University of Missouri.
Coach Banta is a successful high school coach. His athletes have achieved 130 school records (FR, JV, Varsity), 7 top-five finishes at the state championships, team state title in 2022, 7 district championships, 6 district runner-up finishes, 7 conference team titles, 248 state semi-finalist (sectionals), 173 state qualifiers, 3 state records (3200, 4×800, and 100HH), 20 national ranked events, 163 All-state Medalists, 16 state champions, 21 runner-up performances, and 2 Gatorade athletes of the year all done in a single gender at Parkway Central High School. HS coach of Olympian Emily Sisson.
Leadership, Coaching Contributions and Peer Development
• MTCCCA Executive Committee
• MTCCCA President
• MTCCCA Vice President
• MSHSAA Advisory Board Member
• Featured Coach on Ryan Banta’s Critical Mass System: Sprint Training Philosophy & Methods by Championship Productions
• Host of Companions of the Compendium Podcast
• Clinician Presenter in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin
• Presenter at World Speed Summit and ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program Outreach
• Contributor to,, and
• Author of the Sprinter's Compendium, the most comprehensive book ever written on the topic of speed.

Academic Education
• Masters of Education in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching at University of Missouri in Columbia Missouri 2019
• Teacher’s Certification from University of Missouri in St. Louis 2007
• Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a minor in history and Asian Studies from Carthage College 2001
Athletic Education
• USATF Level II in endurance, jumps, relays, hurdles, and sprint events.
• USTFCCCA Technical Certification
• ALTIS Apprentice Coach’s Program
• USATF Emerging Elite Coach in 2012