Football, Basketball, Soccer, Track
Ryan participated in football, basketball, soccer and track during his time at DCHS. He was a four-time letter winner who helped his teammates to two consecutive football state championships. A team captain, Ryan was twice recognized as Gatorade Player of the Year and MVP of state championship games.
He was an Elite All-State team captain and two-time, first team all-state and all-conference selection. He was named captain and MVP of the Iowa Shrine Bowl and represented Team USA as team captain in the International Bowl. Ryan was the recipient of the 4A Ed Thomas Award and the Dr. Robert Breedlove Scholarship. He also served as a student ambassador and was a member of the National Council on Youth Leadership.
Ryan received a football scholarship to the University of Iowa and graduated in three years. He went on to earn a Master’s degree at Indiana State where he was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year and earned several honors as QB and team captain.
For Ryan, the first state championship victory was special, but what he remembers most about his time at DCHS is the feeling of joy and satisfaction while celebrating with teammates, coaches and fans following the repeat championship. He credits Coach Tom Wilson for creating a culture that fosters hard work, respect and dedication and is forever grateful for the opportunities he was provided on and off the field.