DURHAM, N.C. – Duke volleyball head coach Jolene Nagel has announced the additions of Patric Santiago and Ryan Leary to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Santiago will serve as the associate head coach, aiding in all aspects of student-athlete development, practice planning, scouting, game analysis and recruiting, while Leary will serve as the director of volleyball operations.
“We welcome Patric to Duke and to our Duke volleyball family,” said Nagel. “We are going to benefit immediately from his knowledge and experience as a head coach building a conference champion. His strong feelings regarding team culture and his abilities to help get everyone on the same page will help strengthen our team. His effective communication style with student athletes help them develop to their full potential, while at the same time always having a ‘team first’ mentality.”
Santiago makes the move to Durham from Iona College, where he served as the head coach of the volleyball program for the past three years. Santiago led the Gaels to a historic season this past year, finishing the 2018 campaign with a program record 20 wins and its second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in program history. The Gaels capping the season with the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
Prior to Iona, Santiago served as the head coach at SUNY Farmingdale for seven seasons. He helped lead the Rams to a 39-25 Skyline Conference record, earning six consecutive postseason appearances.
Santiago graduated from Farmingdale State with a bachelor’s degree in business management. A student-athlete, he competed for the Rams as a four-sport athlete, excelling in soccer, golf, indoor and outdoor track. He is the only student-athlete to ever compete in four sports in school history and was the captain of all four sports during his career.
Leary comes to Duke after previously serving as a graduate assistant at VCU for the volleyball program. During his time at VCU, Leary was enrolled in the sport leadership graduate program, and was a part of back-to-back Atlantic 10 regular season championships for the Rams. In his role with the Rams, Leary aided in similar responsibilities to the duties he assumes as director of volleyball operations with the Blue Devils.
“We are thrilled to have Ryan Leary join our staff and hit the ground running,” added Nagel. “His background and skills are exactly what we needed to assist us in providing a quality experience for our student athletes. His attention to detail and eagerness to get things accomplished make him an invaluable member of our team.”
Leary spent his undergraduate time at Kansas, earning a bachelor’s degree as a sport management major with a minor in business. He served as the head student manager with volleyball for three years (2013-15), and as the student intern director of operations for one season. During his time with the Jayhawks, Kansas earned its first ever Sweet 16 appearance in 2013, and captured a Final Four berth in 2015.