Ryan Blair — Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations
Ryan Blair was named the Stingrays' 10th head coach in franchise history on July 15, 2020.
Blair, 34, was hired as the team’s Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations last summer and helped the Rays to the ECHL’s best regular season record during the 2019-20 season while working under head coach Steve Bergin. He also helped oversee the best defensive club in the ECHL last year, as the Stingrays surrendered a league-low 2.37 goals per game.
Prior to joining the Rays organization, Blair held the Director of Hockey Operations position with the UMass-Lowell men’s hockey team under head coach Norm Bazin during 2018-19. The former blueliner also had a 3-year professional playing career in the ECHL from 2011-14, totaling 117 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Toledo Walleye, Reading Royals, Orlando Solar Bears and Wheeling Nailers.
After the conclusion of his playing career, Blair spent time as both an assistant and head coach with the Boston Jr. Rangers in the Eastern Hockey League for three years from 2015-18. During his time with the club he helped oversee a combined record of 90-25-11 that included playoff championships in 2016 and 2018, as well as a regular-season championship in 2018. After the 2017-18 season, Blair was honored as the EHL Premier Coach of the Year.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Blair also lived in Ashburn, Va. before attending UMass-Lowell from 2007-11. During four seasons of NCAA Hockey with the Riverhawks, Blair appeared in 141 career games and helped the program reach the Hockey East Championship game in 2009.