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Ryan grew up in Plano, TX where he swam for the City of Plano Swimmers club team and Plano Senior High School. He was team captain of the 1991 PSHS team that was state champions and named the best public high school team in the nation that year. In college Ryan swam for Texas A&M University under Mel Nash and Jay Holmes where he specialized in distance freestyle and backstroke. He has been at A&M Consolidated for 20 years, with 15 years as the head swim coach. During his time as head coach, they had 13 All-American Swimmers, he has been District and/or Regional Coach of the Year 6 Times, won 14 District Championships, won 3 Regional Championships, made 14 Consecutive State Appearances, and had 5 top-5 team finishes at UIL State Meet. In his spare time he enjoys training for various athletic challenges. He believes that if we as educators want to inspire our students and athletes to dream big, set lofty goals, and achieve them, then we should never stop modeling that in our own lives. He has done four full Ironman triathlons, numerous smaller triathlons, and over a dozen marathons. He has placed in the top 10 for his age group at the US Masters Swimming National Championship, he is one of less than 2400 people in history who have completed a solo swim across the English Channel, and he rode his bike across the state of Texas with his 65-year-old father in September of 2017.