“Ryonen is one of the most decorated golfers in Marian history and will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff,” commented Bartelt. “He has been a key part of our golf program the past four years and he should be a great help in the development and recruitment of future student-athletes.”
In his four seasons as a Sabre, Faris was named to the NACC All-Conference team three times, and ranks second in program history with 67 rounds in his career along with ranking third in Sabre program history with a 77.6 stroke average. Faris holds two of the top three spots for stroke average in a single season with a 76.3 in 2016, tied for first, and 76.4 in 2015, third. He also has shot three of the five lowest single rounds in Marian history including a program record 66 at the Grand Geneva Resort October 4, 2015.
“I’m really looking forward to working with a former teammate and close friend,” commented Faris. “Coaching is something I’ve always seen myself doing and to carry it on here at Marian where I played for four years makes it all the better. I take pride in teaching and making other people better players and hopefully even better people off the course. We’re here to shake things up a bit and put Marian golf on the map as a conference powerhouse. We expect great things out of both our incoming and returning athletes and I know coach McLaughlin and I can provide our players with an unbelievable experience in their 4 years here as Marian golfers.”
In his junior season, Faris helped lead the Sabres to a program record 79.2 stroke average as a team. His senior season the Sabres nearly reset that record shooting a stroke average of 79.5, second in program history.