Ryan Holleman


Ryan completed his doctorate research on policy and procedure for sport-related concussion in the collegiate setting. Through his research, he has created a quality assurance form for colleges and universities to utilize when evaluating their compliance with the NCAA concussion safety protocol checklist.

Ryan Holleman is in his second year as Santa Clara’s assistant athletic director for sports medicine. In this role, he oversees the daily internal and external operations of the unit while also serving as the department’s Health Care Administrator for the NCAA. Holleman also represents athletics on committees across campus for insurance and mental health.

Holleman, who was hired in July 2017, joined the Broncos from North Carolina State University where he worked since August 2010 and serving as a head athletic trainer since October 2011. At the ACC school, he provided athletic training services to the men’s basketball team and was a senior associate member of the sports medicine staff. He assisted the associate AD for sports medicine with the daily operations of the department. There he supervised assigned staff and graduate assistants, scheduled all on-campus physician clinics, and served as the drug testing coordinator.

Prior to NC State, he was an assistant athletic trainer at High Point University. Holleman provided athletic training services to the baseball and women’s soccer programs for the Panthers while serving as the drug testing and concussion coordinator. Holleman’s previous experiences also include serving an intern athletic trainer for the University of Virginia’s national runner-up women’s lacrosse team. In addition, he served as an athletic training intern for two seasons in professional baseball with the Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Holleman earned his undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University in Athletic Training. He went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education Administration with a focus in Athletic Administration. While with the Cornhuskers he worked with the football and baseball programs.

He holds a Doctor of Athletic Training Degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. In addition to his education, he currently holds multiple credentials in the field of sports medicine. Some of these credentials and training include: Certified Athletic Trainer (BOC), Instructor for First- Aid/CPR/AED (American Red Cross), Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine), Sound-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Functional Movement Screen. He has also been nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Holleman and his wife, Tammy, have two children (Karli Rae and Rhett) and two dogs (Ellie Mae and Leila).