Posted on November 19, 2015 by Jadene Mah

Outside of Coaching, what is your “day job”? Chief cook and bottle washer. What should every person try at least once in their life? Allowing others the right of free speech. There are too many people shouting down opposing views. What brings you the greatest joy? Watching student athletes learn to deal with competitive pressure, …

Greg Ryan, Director of Athletics & Campus RecreationOutside of Coaching, what is your “day job”?
Chief cook and bottle washer.

What should every person try at least once in their life?
Allowing others the right of free speech. There are too many people shouting down opposing views.

What brings you the greatest joy?
Watching student athletes learn to deal with competitive pressure, or a 6am tee-off time on the ocean whichever comes first.

It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?
Green eggs and ham

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Before you jump to a conclusion make sure that you have all the information.

Who do you follow on Twitter?
Bob Corran, Joshua Ryan and Lucas Banack

What is on your bookshelf?
Anything Malcolm Gladwell. He is a Canadian that thinks outside the box.

What charity/cause do you like to promote?
The Open Door

What is one item on your bucket list?
Golf all year round.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Control freaks. People that want to tell me what I should believe.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee

What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Anything cotton. I hate synthetics.

Who have been your greatest influences as a coach?
John Powell, Bob Corran, my dad and my wife.

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Ben Carson, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Malcom Gladwell, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi, my wife and my dad.

What is your weirdest habit?
The inside of my car is dirty.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The gift of life.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am an asthmatic.

What’s the best thing about Augustana Campus?
The way our athletes represent themselves, their team and their campus.

Why should get Camrosians excited about the Vikings?
Camrose should get excited because the product is great and our athletes are learning to lead.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
I wish I knew that E.Q. (the ability to connect) was more important than I.Q.!

Anything to add?
My wife and my kids are steadfast.

Born and raised in Calgary, Greg has been part of the Volleyball landscape in Alberta and Canada for almost thirty years. Greg received his Bachelor’s of Education degree and Master of Kinesiology (Art and Science of Coaching) from the University of Calgary. He is a Chartered Professional Coach in Canada and is a Level 4 NCCP coach.

As a player in High School in Calgary he played on two City Championship Teams. As a player at the University of Calgary he was a Canada West All-Star and CIAU Tournament All-Star on a rookie-laden team that won the Canada West Conference and placed second at the CIAU championships. He coached for more than twenty years at the University of Calgary. In that time his teams competed in the CIS Championship 13 times, winning twice and medaling six times. His teams medaled 13 times in the Canada West Conference. In addition to this Greg has been active coaching at the club level in both men’s and women’s competition. His club teams won three National Championships. More than ten of his athletes have played professionally in Europe and the Orient; two of these have gone on to be Olympians. Greg was Coach of the Year five times in the Canada West Conference and Volleyball Canada Coach of the year one time.

Greg has also coached internationally. While at U of C and Montana State he took his varsity team to Europe and toured through both Eastern and Western Europe. He also coached with Canada’s National team in various capacities for the last twenty years. He coached at the World University Games four times. His best finish was in 2003 as the Head Coach in the Daegu South Korea Games, where the team finished 7th. In 2001, Greg was selected as a Honoured Athletic Leader by the Calgary Booster Club. In 2014, he was inducted as a Coach into the Alberta Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Greg and his wife Alyson (a Hay Lakes native), reside in Camrose with their children: Jessica, Joshua, Anna and Luke. His son, Luke, competes for Augustana in Volleyball.


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