Having previously been an assistant coach at the club for four years Ryan has a clear vision for the future and strong existing relationships with the playing group.
“I’m really excited to re-join the Thunderbirds and feel extremely humbled and privileged to be entrusted to lead the club into this new and exciting era,” Ryan said.
“I’m still so passionate about the Thunderbirds so it’s a huge honour to be appointed into this role and I’m looking forward to working with the players and staff to do everything possible to deliver success now and into the future for this club.”
The move comes after a coaching stint in the English Super League, Ryan leading Manchester Thunder to the minor premiership and a grand final appearance in his inaugural season.
Ryan will return to Adelaide next week where he will meet with players and staff to start preparing for the 2017 season.
“2017 provides us with the opportunity to move forward and start afresh in a brand new competition and create a new legacy for the next generation of Thunderbirds,” Ryan said.
“There is a lot of hard work ahead of us and we all need to be prepared to embrace that challenge to fight our way back to the top.
“I pride myself on bringing great passion and energy which I believe is critical in developing a thriving team culture and positive environment.”
Netball SA CEO Ben Scales is looking forward to welcoming Ryan back into the organisation.
“Dan is passionate about the Adelaide Thunderbirds and impressed the selection panel with his strong vision for the future and his commitment to deliver the organisation sustained success,” Scales said.
“I am very confident we are in a strong position to retain our current athletes and attract the talent required to ensure the Adelaide Thunderbirds are a force in the National Netball League in 2017 and beyond.”