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 Gary Ryan - St. John's Academy (1975-1988)
              -Seton Catholic (1998-2003)

Gary Ryan graduated from Lyon Mountain High School and SUNY-Plattsburgh.  He did not play hockey in high school or college as it was not offered.  He did, however, play local hockey during and after his college days. 

 As with all his coaching, he believes that learning the game in order to impact that knowledge on the players is vital.  He attended clinics/seminars in an attempt to improve his ability to provide more for his players.  Gary actually began his coaching career in the summer of 1967, coaching 9 and 10 year-old baseball players.  This ignited a love of coaching that has lasted 43 years.  He hopes to coach for many more. 

  • 323 – 133 – 23 as Head Coach for 18 years

  • 15 Sectional Championships

  • 13 League Championships

  • 2 State Championships

  • 6 Appearances in State Tournament Final Four

  • 16 Years of Coaching Youth Hockey

  • Served 10 Years as Chairman of Section 7 Hockey

  • Entering 34th Year as Varsity Football Coach This Coming Fall

  • Coached Varsity Baseball 8 Years

  • Coached Junior High Basketball 4 Years

  • Served 15 Years as Chairman of Section 7 Football

  • St. John’s Honorary Alumnus Award – 1991

  • Seton Catholic Hall of Acclaim – 2001

  • NYS Athletic Administrators Outstanding Service Award – 1995

  • NYS Athletic Administrators 30 Years Outstanding Service Award - 2008

  • National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association Outstanding Service Award – 1988

  • CVAC Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award – 13 Times

  • CVAC Football Coach of the Year Award – 3 Times

  • CVAC Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award – 2005

  • National High School Coaching Award – 1988

Gary resides with his wife, Janice, in Plattsburgh.  They have 3 grown children, Kelly, Amy and Matthew, and 3 grandchildren.


Gary was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2010, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

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