At Central, Ryan was outstanding in three sports. He was captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. In 1995, he quarterbacked the Little Green to the State Division I football title, and the following year was instrumental in the basketball team's winning the State Class L championship. During his career at Central, Ryan threw 49 touchdown passes, the existing New Hampshire high school record. At the University of New Hampshire, Ryan was the starting quarterback for three seasons and captained the Wildcats in his senior year. He set several UNH records, including best passing percentage in a career (59.9) and most touchdown passes (53). Ryan graduated from UNH with a degree in Business Administration. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Administrative Studies from Boston College. Currently the wide receivers coach at Boston College, Ryan began coaching in 2002, working with the tight ends at UNH. Later, he was offensive graduate assistant at Boston College for two years before spending a year as offensive graduate assistant at the University of Florida. In 2006, he coached at Temple University and, a year later, joined the coaching staff at Boston College. Despite never having played the position, Ryan has done a masterful job in developing talented pass receivers. Ryan is married to a Central graduate, the former Christina Spirou. They have a son, Ryan Jr. and a daughter, Grace.