|Ryal's 1987 Donruss trading card|
Though assuming the full-time duties of the position, Ryal will serve in an interim capacity for the 2017 season.
A former Major League Baseball player, Ryal hit .375 with the Angels in 1986, helping the team to the American League West Division's title. He also contributed to the Pittsburgh Pirates' National League East title in 1990. Ryal made his MLB debut in 1982 as a member of the Kansas City Royals, later spending time with the White Sox; Angels; Phillies; and Pirates. He later spent a single season as hitting coach for the Oklahoma baseball team in 1995, a year that they reached the College World Series.
He takes over a Mustangs program that posted a 30-28 record in 2016, including a 14-18 mark in conference play. The squad went 1-1 in the Lone Star Conference Championship to end their campaign.
At the program's helm, Ryal replaces Tigert, who resigned earlier this month.