Ryan Chapman enters his first season as the head coach for Wartburg. He comes to Wartburg from Aurora University in Aurora, Ill., where he served as the head men's and women's cross country and head indoor and outdoor men's and women's track and field coach for eight years. Last spring, he was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest regional women's Coach of the Year. He's also earned 10 Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference (NACC) men's conference Coach of the Year awards and 12 on the women's side in cross country and track combined.
Aurora has won 22 NACC championships and Chapman has coached 22 All-Americans during his tenure. The Spartans won the men's cross country title in 2012, 2013 and 2015; women's cross country championships in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014; men's indoor track championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015; women's indoor track championships in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; men's outdoor track championships in 2014 and 2015 and women's outdoor track championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In addition to coaching all cross country and track and field programs at Aurora, Chapman was an English professor, faculty adviser to the Athletics Department and served on the Athletic Academic Advisory Committee.
He is a member of the USTFCCCA and is a Level 1 certified coach.
The Eureka, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Augustana College in Rock Island in 2004 and a master's degree in creative writing from Washington University in 2007. He was a four-time letter winner as a member of the cross country and track and field teams.