Ryan Hilton begins his first year at Lawrence Tech in time for the 2019-2020 season, after having spent the past twenty years coaching baseball at both the Collegiate and High School levels in Michigan, Florida, and New York.
Hilton has had the privilege to coach many outstanding players that have been able to reach their goals of playing college, minor league, and MLB baseball over the years.
Hilton spent the last 4 years as the Varsity Head Coach of the South Lyon East Cougars, where he helped improve the programs win total during the first three years and also appeared in 3 straight District Championship games, winning the District title in 2017.
Prior to South Lyon East, Coach Hilton spent two years 2012-2014 as an Assistant Coach at Oakland University. While there, he was the position coach for catchers, as well as the 3rd Base Coach. Other responsibilities were offensive base running, working with hitters and reinforcing hitting philosophies, and recruiting.
From 2005-2012, Hilton coached at Braden River HS, in Bradenton, Florida. After being the pitching coach for two seasons, Hilton took over as the Varsity Head Coach in 2007, where his teams made State Regional playoff appearances and won 2 District Championships, with back to back League titles that included 28 straight league wins. Team ERA & Field % ranked in the top ten in state multiple times - including 1.94 team ERA in 2009. During that time he had 13 All Area players – 3 All State players – 20+ players that went on to play at the college & pro levels.
Before moving to Florida, Coach Hilton served as the pitching coach for Troy HS (MI). In 2004 Troy HS won District & Regional titles and finished as the #5
ranked team in the state.
Hilton played his college baseball at NCAA Division 1 - Canisius College, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in Buffalo, NY from 1993-1995. Hilton pitched as both a starter and relief pitcher during his time at Canisius and was part of the 1994 team won the regular season MAAC title by setting a conference record, going 17-1 in conference play.
Hilton started his coaching career in New York at Canisius in 1996 - 97 as a Volunteer Assistant/HC of the Canisius Freshman team and also spent one year as a Volunteer Assistant at D'Youville College (D3).
Hilton graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, Health & Recreation.
Ryan lives in South Lyon with his wife Marcy, son Brodie & daughter Avery.