A former touring professional, Ryan Hietala is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Boise State men's golf team.
Hietala competed on the PGA Tour from 2005-06, competing in 23 tournaments while holding full exempt status.
Hietala is also currently competing on the Web.com Tour, ranking ninth in driving distance in 2012 and finishing 13th at the 2012 Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship.
He has more than 230 starts on tour, making more than a half million dollars and capturing championships at the 2005 Chitimacha Louisiana Open and the 2008 Cox Classic. Hietala has also recorded seven top-10 finishes during his career on the Web.com Tour, and has 22 top 25s.
He has finished in the top 35 of the Web.com Tour money list twice during his career, and has also played on the Canadian Tour, the Tight Lies Tour and the Golden Bear Tour.
Hietala worked as an assistant at the Jim McLean Golf School from 2010-11, one of the nation's premier golf academies, and has also worked at Falcon Crest Golf Club and Shadow Valley Golf Course.
A four-year letterwinner at UTEP, Hietala was a four-time all-conference selection and the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1995. The first-team All-American captured medalist honors five times during his collegiate career, and tied for first at the 1995 WAC Championships.
Hietala is married to the former Jennifer Hedberg, who competed for the Boise State women's golf team. The two have a daughter named Izabella.