Ryan began his rowing career as a senior at Stillwater High School, founding their rowing club and going on to stroke their Novice 4+ in the New York State Section 2 Regatta and New York State Championships. He came to URI excited to join the rowing team. As a freshman, he was part of the Novice 8+ that was undefeated in the spring regular season. Ryan is a journalism major and avid mountaineer and climber, hoping to combine those passions to write for an outdoor publication. His favorite sports team is the Toronto Blue Jays.