Ryan Creager is entering his fourth season as a member of the CSU-Pueblo coaching staff after a standout playing career for current CSU-Pueblo men's and women's soccer coaches Roy Stanley and Paul Regrutto.
Creager, who played for the ThunderWolves from 2003-06, was one of the most highly decorated soccer players in ThunderWolf history. He was a two-time NSCAA all-Midwest Region first-team selection, a four-time all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection, and was team captain for the squad for two seasons. Creager is ranked in the top ten in points and goals scored in CSU-Pueblo history, and helped lead the ThunderWolves to three straight 10-win seasons from 2004-06, the longest streak in school history. Creager excelled in the classroom as well, being named 2 years to the all-RMAC academic 1st team and was a 4 year member of the CSU-Pueblo Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Creager went on to play semi-pro soccer for a few years before signing with the Denver Dynamite of the Professional Arena Soccer League in 2008. His performance with the Dynamite earned him a call up to the United States National Arena Soccer Team (USNAST) for a trip to Monterrey, Mexico. While in Mexico, Creager scored 4 goals against Mexico, Peru, and Brazil while earning 4 caps for his national team. While playing against Peru on Nov 6, 2008 Creager scored the game tying goal and was the only person to score in the 3 person overtime shootout, thus earning the USNAST their first win in team history.
Creager has coached in various capacities around Pueblo since graduating. He has been a head coach for the Pueblo Rangers for 6 seasons and was the assistant coach for Pueblo West High School for one season, along with conducting private training sessions on the side. He has coached at numerous collegiate camps including the University of Tulsa, Air Force Academy, Regis University, Colorado Mesa University and University of New Mexico.
Creager has attained his USSF ‘C’ license and his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is a member of both organizations. He will be pursuing his ‘B’ license during the upcoming winter.
The Sandy, Utah native received his B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from CSU-Pueblo in 2006. He currently works as a para professional for District 70 teaching life skills to children with special needs ages 14-18.