Colorado Mountaineer Football coach Ryan McDonough dies following battle with cancer

The Mountaineer Athletics mourn the loss of coach, former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach Ryan McDonough.

An online obituary on Thursday, announced the passing of Ryan McDonough, following a courageous battle with cancer.

McDonough helped Western set multiple team and individual offensive records in 2015. As a team, the Mountaineers recorded the 15th best total offense in Division II, the club wrote in a statement shared via it’s website.

McDonough guided running back Austin Ekeler to an outstanding career as he is a six-time All-American and led all NCAA Divisions in rushing yards through the first eight weeks of the season in 2016. He was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy which goes to the best NCAA Division II football player in the country. Ekeler led the nation in rushing yards per game in 2016 at 149.5 and was fifth in rushing yards with 1,495. Ekeler finished his career with 5,857 yards and a 146.4 yards per game average.

Under McDonough’s direction, the offense finished 19th nationally in rushing at 226.6 yards per game and 424.5 yards of total offense in 2016.

In 2015, McDonough helped lead Western State to multiple team and individual records as the team had the 15th-best total offense in Division II. The 2014 season saw the offense continually set records and tied for the most rushing yards in the conference with 194.7.

In addition, McDonough’s offensive set numerous passing records for Western State while he was in Gunnison, Colo.

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