|Position:||Associate Director for Academics|
|Alma Mater:||UC-Irvine '96|
Ryan Kataoka is in his 11th year in the Herbst Academic Center after joining the University of Colorado staff in August of 2006. In addition to being assistant director of the entire academic operation, his main sport responsibilities include serving as the academic coordinator for football (defensive players), men’s golf and women’s soccer.
For five years, he also coordinated the Success Training and Exit Plan for Seniors (STEPS) program which assists student-athletes in their transition to life after graduating from CU. He continues to serve as the teaching assistant for the freshmen CU Experience course, a role he has performed the last three years.
Prior to his arrival at CU, Kataoka was a high school teacher and coach for 10 years in the Tustin and Santa Ana Unified School Districts in Orange County, Calif. He taught 9th through 12th grade English and Language Arts in his first eight years. He spent his last two years as a program specialist, coordinating high school college and career centers. He coached basketball and volleyball each year while in high school education.
A native of San Diego, Kataoka attended Grossmont High School where he lettered in basketball, volleyball and football. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1996 with a bachelor of arts in English. He earned a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Language Arts and a Cross-Cultural Language and academic development certification in 1997.
Kataoka is also completing his Master’s Degree in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice in the School of Education at CU. He and his wife Suzanne have two daughters, Leah and Marisa.