Former Husker Ryan Held named head coach of Kearney football

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Former Husker assistant Ryan Held will now lead the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s football team.

Director of Athletics Marc Bauer announced Held as the new head coach in a Tuesday press release.

Held, who served under former Nebraska head coach Scott Frost from 2018 to 2021, spent the last two seasons at North Alabama as offensive coordinator.

“I can’t tell you how fired up I am to be the next head football coach at UNK. The opportunity to return to Nebraska and lead the Loper football program, which has tremendous tradition and is committed to winning championships, is something I can’t wait to take on,” Held said in a press release. “The MIAA is one of the toughest football conferences in the country, and UNK is right there at the top with a strong foundation in place.”

While at Nebraska, Held spent time as the running backs coach and as a recruiting coordinator.

He also played at Nebraska as a reserve quarterback and split end from 1993 to 1996.

Held has previous head coaching experience Peru State College, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Highland Community College and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

“Ryan has created a strong reputation for leading, recruiting and developing players,” Bauer said. “His focus goes beyond the game, aimed at elevating players to become the best version of themselves on and off the field.”

Josh Lynn, who served as the Lopers’ head coach since 2017, announced last week that he would step down from the role to lead West Texas A&M.

Last season, Kearney went 8-3, finishing off its season with a 42-0 win over Northeastern State.

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