Director of Athletics
|Alma Mater||University of Florida|
|Phone||(305) 821-3333 Ext 1071|
Ryan Raposo was promoted to become Florida National University’s third Athletic Director on March 27th, 2020. Administratively in his first year as athletic director, he helped elevate the FNU Athletic Department to active member status in the NAIA with immediate post-season eligibility. FNU previously served as an associate member in the NAIA for three years. FNU Athletics is now also full member the NAIA Continental Athletic Conference, is an affiliate member of the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference in men’s and women’s tennis, and continues active membership in the USCAA.
In his first two years as AD, academically, Raposo has overseen a student-athlete population GPA of 3.15 and 3.25 respectively, 122 USCAA National All-Academic Awards recipients, and 20 NAIA Scholar-Team Awards earned. Athletically, he has overseen three NAIA Continental Athletic Conference Runner-ups, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country (2021-22) and Men’s Soccer (2021-22), one NAIA Continental Athletic Conference Championship, Women’s Volleyball (2021-22), and two USCAA Small Schools National Championships in Softball (2020-21, 2021-22), and in 2021-22 he oversaw the start of a new Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field program.
Raposo previously served as FNU’s inaugural men’s and women’s cross country coach and initial NAIA campus character liaison. As liaison for the 2019-20 school year, Raposo helped FNU earn its first NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Award becoming a Bronze Level institution. Overseeing the department as AD over the following two years, he oversaw FNU elevate to Silver Level status for 2020-21, the highest possible award for associate members, followed by a a Gold Level status in 2021-22, earning a perfect 100 point score.
Prior to joining FNU, Raposo served for two years at St. Thomas University where he assisted with cross country and helped develop a brand new track & field program. In that time, he helped contribute to multiple Sun Conference team runner-ups, multiple NAIA national qualifiers, and the track team’s first individual Sun Conference champion. Raposo is United States Track & Field (USATF) Level 2 certified in Endurance events, Sprints / Hurdles / Relays, and Jumping events.
Administratively, since 2006, he has worked with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) and Midde School Athletics Program (MSAP), as well as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association where he served on their FACA Board of Directors from 2013-16. And since 2009-10, Raposo has been on the Junior Orange Bowl Committee and the Dade County Fair & Expo Committee helping coordinate their annual youth athletic events.
Prior to collegiate coaching, Raposo served for over a dozen years as an educator, and high school track & field and cross country program director. Over the years as an event coordinator and meet director he helped host more than 200 track & field meets, cross country meets, and road races for local middle schools, high schools, colleges, and the South Florida running community.
Raposo has a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida with a specialization in Athlete Performance and Development, and is a certified Athlete Development Specialist (PAADS). His Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Florida International University. He resides in Miami (Kendall), FL with his girlfriend.