Donor Voices

Tom Ryan '87

Tom RyanEckerd College was a good decision for Tom Ryan '87.

"Eckerd means everything to me. We all make good and bad decisions during our lifetime, and Eckerd College was one of those good decisions that changed my life path," he says. "With the exception of my parents, Eckerd College and Coach Jim Harley are responsible for shaping and inspiring me."

After graduating, Ryan became an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach under Jim Harley, later marrying Kristina L. (Byrd) Ryan '91. He became Head Coach when Harley retired and also serves as Assistant Athletic Director.

Ryan took his team through a winning season in 2007-08, with a regular season record of 19 - 9 and, for the second consecutive year, an appearance at the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball South Regional Championship.

Each year, the Ryans support Eckerd College with a gift to the Triton Club, which provides athletic scholarships and operational support.

"After 25 years I still love this place and will do anything to help it continue down a great road."