One of only a few defensive midfielders left on Army's "less-specialized" roster ... team's top one-on-one defensive player in the midfield with a short stick ... frustrates opposition continuously ... speed and excellent footwork make him a natural at defending the opposition ... technically sound defensive player ... anticipates well and cuts off passing lanes ... has dramatically improved his ground ball skills ... has not missed a game in two years on varsity ... can start the transition game with his speed and "heady" play ... has developed into a steady and consistent performer for the Black Knights ... has blossomed into one of the club's top players after working his way up from the junior varsity his freshman season ... tireless worker ... sacrifices himself for the team ... type of player who will do anything the coaching staff asks ... scrappy defender ... two-year letterwinner.
2005: Appeared in all 17 games ... ran with Army's top defensive midfield unit ... always marked opposition's top midfield threat ... doubled ground ball total from a year ago in fewer games ... finished eighth on the team with career-high 28 ground balls to his credit ... always on the field at crunch time ... credited with two caused turnovers.
2004: Appeared in all 15 games for the Black Knights ... part of Army's second defensive midfield unit ... scooped a career-high two ground balls versus Holy Cross and again versus Maryland in NCAA Tournament ... also picked up grounders against Bucknell, Colgate, Lehigh, Lafayette, Navy and Rutgers.
2003: Spent season with the junior varsity.
Prior to West Point: Three-time all-county selection at Cold Spring Harbor H.S. under the tutelage of head coach Dennis Bonn ... led Cold Spring Harbor to Nassau County championship ... also lettered in football ... all-conference and all-county on the gridiron in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
Personal: Thomas Becker Ronan ... born April 26, 1984, in Huntington, N.Y. ... parents are Gregory and Barbara Ronan ... brother, James Ronan, is a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. ... majoring in Systems Engineering.