University of Iowa Athletics
Assistant Coach

Ryan Morningstar

Ryan Morningstar - Men's Wrestling - University of Iowa Athletics


Ryan Morningstar joined the Hawkeye staff in 2012 and has helped lead Iowa to one NCAA team championship, three Big Ten Conference tournament titles and six Big Ten regular season dual titles.

The Hawkeyes have earned 66 All-America honors over the past 10 seasons, crowning six NCAA champions.

Before joining the Iowa staff, Morningstar served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 2011-12.

Morningstar’s collegiate career included four NCAA appearances (2007-10) as a Hawkeye. He earned All-America honors in 2009 and 2010 and was a member of three NCAA championship teams (2008-10).

Morningstar placed third at the NCAA championships and was a Big Ten runner-up at 165 pounds in 2009. He suffered a knee injury during his senior season (2010) but still went on to place seventh at the NCAAs and fourth at the Big Ten Championships. That same year he was named Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, and won the Mike McGivern Award, which is given annually to the team’s most courageous wrestler.

A four-year letterwinner from 2007-10, Morningstar owns a career record of 110-40. He was a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in 2010-11 and qualified to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 163 pounds (74 kg).

The Lisbon, Iowa, native graduated from Iowa in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in health and sports studies. He was a three-time Iowa high school state champion at Lisbon High School and was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2022.