|Year of Graduation:||1991-1994|
At the end of Pepe Fernandez’s first collegiate coaching season in 1989, he lost his goalie Henry Marambio to graduation. He made a special effort to recruit the best goal keepers to serve as a foundation for the team’s future success. At the beginning of the 1990 season Coach Fernandez brought in an All-State keeper from Texas, a goalie on the Tennessee State Championship team, the Volunteer State’s second team All-State performer in net, and oh yeah a first team all-state goal keeper from Kingsport’s Dobyns Bennett High School- Ryan Riggins.
“Ryan was one of our top recruits, but we wanted to challenge our keepers and see who would make our defense stronger,” stated Head Coach Pepe Fernandez. The keeper who would win this battle would be prepared to lead the Scots for the next four seasons.
Ryan’s first accomplishment on campus was that he won the job. He also won the admiration of his teammates and competitors when during his freshman campaign when he set a new school record for shutouts in a season with nine. His efforts helped the Scots to a 15-4-1 record. His efforts were highlighted when the Scots traveled to Nashville to challenge nationally ranked, Division I Vanderbilt University. As Chad Brown hit the back of Vandy’s net and Ryan Riggins manned the goal, MC pitched a shutout and beat the Commodores 1-0. On the season Ryan turned away 65 shots on goal and allowed only 16 total goals in 20 games. His efforts in goal helped Maryville defeat Division III foes Millsaps, Rhodes, Centre, Guilford, Greensboro, and Oglethorpe. He ended the season with an amazing .80 goals per game allowed average. For his efforts Ryan was given regional accolades uncharacteristic for a freshman. Ryan, along with teammates Brian Moore and Patrick Hagerty earned All-South accolades.
During the 1991 season team captains Patrick Hagerty and Ben Sohrabi led Maryville to a 12-5-2 mark. Riggins’ sophomore season in net provided shutouts in goal over Lincoln Memorial University, Rhodes, Tusculum, Asbury, and Auburn University. The 5’11” athlete in net saw only 28 goals get by him on the season. Ryan was once again named to the All-South region squad for his defensive prowess.
With the graduation of five key seniors, the 1992 season proved to be challenging for the Scots. Team Captains Ryan Riggins and Ali Sohrabi lead the Scots into one of Head Coach Pepe Fernandez’s toughest schedules. Although MC defeated key NAIA opponents and Thomas More 5-0. Maryville finished with an 8-9-1 record for the season. A few highlights for the season included a 1-0 shutout over Emory University and a 0-0 tie with Guilford. Riggins was strong again in the net posting five more shutouts. He was voted by his teammates as the squad’s top defensive player and was named the region’s first team goal keeper by the NSCAA for the third consecutive season.
Ryan’s senior campaign saw five seniors attempting to bring the Scots back to their winning ways. Captains Riggins, Chad Brown, and Stian Jordalen led the charge toward a successful 13-5-1 season. Ryan received 120 shots on goal during his last season. He recorded 79 saves and allowed only 24 goals on the season. He pitched his sixth shutout of the season and 22nd career shutout against Savannah College of Art and Design on October 30, 1993. During his senior year he helped defeat soccer powers Sewanee, Washington & Lee, and Emory University all in one season.
Upon graduation Ryan used his MC Biology degree to enroll at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He attained a BA degree in Extracorporeal Circulatory Technology and now works as a Perfusionist with Volunteer Perfusion Group serving within the Covenant Health Systems. Ryan is married to Kristi and they have two children.
Ladies and gentlemen, a goal keeper that helped Maryville College to 48 victories, and one of only two male soccer players to ever be a four-time All-South performer. Ryan has MC records that include the 3rd and 6th most season shutouts, the 4th fewest goals scored upon in a season, and is the #3 ranked keeper in career shutouts with 22. Please help me welcome Ryan Riggins to the Maryville College Wall of Fame Class of 2008.