Ryan Hilyer

Head Coach Ryan Hilyer will enter his sixth season at the helm of the Bison men's lacrosse program in 2021.

The 2019-2020 season was cut short due to the suspension of sports due to COVID-19.

In 2019, the Bison earned four wins including an inaugural PAC Conference win against Franciscan.

Bethany posted four wins and had four Honorable Mention All-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) selections under Hilyer during the 2018 season. Midfielder Bryan Uth ranked second in the ORLC with 125 groundballs and graduated as the all-time leader in faceoffs won and groundballs in school-history.

The Bison earned three wins in 2017, while six players earned All-ORLC honors at the conclusion of the season.

Hilyer was influential in the development of three-time ORLC selection Jake Holland, who finished his Bison career as the program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points. Holland ranked third in the league in assists and tied for fifth in points in the ORLC.

Hilyer helped lead the Bison to a trio of wins in his first season, including a pair against ORLC foes, Defiance and Westminster. Hilyer captured his first-career victory, leading the Green & White to their highest-scoring performance in program history with a 23-1 win over the Yellow Jackets. Six different players were named to All-ORLC teams at the end of the year.

Hilyer came to Bethany after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at fellow Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) school, Thiel. Hilyer helped turn the Tomcats from a young program into one which had regular success within the conference during his tenure in Greenville.

A defensive-minded coach, Hilyer helped the Tomcats improve dramatically on the defensive side of the ball. In just two years as the defensive coordinator, Hilyer helped Thiel decrease their goals against average from 10.31 to 7.47 in 2015. With that came a 2015 record of 10-5 for the Tomcats in the first year of the ORLC.

Overall between Bethany and Thiel, Hilyer has coached a total of 16 all-conference performers, including eight on the defensive side of the ball. While at Thiel, he helped goalie Ryan Weldon rank sixth in all of Division III in save percentage while leading the team to finish 17th in the Nation in caused turnovers per game.

Hilyer currently resides in Bethany.