Ryan is the founder of Catch & Throw and also is the Catching Coordinator for the 2017 & 2018 National Champions Los Angeles Dodgers. He held the position of Assistant Catching Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers from January 2015 to Oct 2018. His responsibilities include catching philosophies and drills, deciphering receiving metrics, blocking philosophies and drills, throwing philosophies and drills, coordinating player plans, working with the research and development department, drills and skill work, and traveling to all affiliates to work with the catchers.
In late 2005, Ryan founded Catch and Throw, a catching instruction, information, and conditioning company and started conducting comprehensive catching camps in the summer of 2006. Catch and Throw was formed to provide quality professional catching instruction for the health and performance of catchers. He has worked catching camps for USC baseball, Las Vegas Baseball Academy, and is the catching consultant for many travel teams across the country. He also speaks nationally about all aspects of catching, blocking, throwing, conditioning, and strategy. Ryan has appeared on the television show Sports Science as an expert, was the player model for batting for Midway Games MLB Slug Fest 2003 and MLB SlugFest 2004, and has written for Super Series Magazine and Webball.com.
Formally an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles (2007-2015), Ryan was the Director of Operations, Director of Baseball Operations, and Instructor for the National Pitching Association from 2002-2007. He was responsible for the day to day operations and in charge of the NPA Performance Center and Motion Lab. He has contributed to the NPA website and was an NPA Pitching Coach leading camps and clinics along with private instruction.
Ryan and Tom House traveled across the country conducting pitching clinics for thousands of athletes each year. Before joining the NPA full time in the fall of 2003, Ryan helped Tom coach pitching camps in San Diego and not only taught but has caught numerous Major League pitchers including future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. During that time, Ryan worked with over 1,000 pitchers, coaches, and parents a year while conducting pitching camps and clinics. He worked with 14 players drafted in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. For eight years, he spoke nationally on pitching mechanics, conditioning, and strategy. In 2009 Ryan coached at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, CA where his team finished with a 20-3 record. In 2010 he became the head varsity coach at Canyon Crest Academy where his team won their conference and earned an automatic berth into the CIF playoffs for the first time in school history. His team has reached the CIF San Diego Section Playoffs in three of the four years under his guidance. In 2013, he returned to Torrey Pines HS as an assistant coach to former Major League Pitcher Kirk McCaskill.
Before joining the NPA, he was a catcher at the University of Iowa, played professionally for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and in independent baseball where he was an All-Star. In 2010 Ryan was the 1st player named to the Joliet Jackhammers Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2012 was named to the Elgin (IL) Sports Hall of Fame. For three off-seasons, Ryan was a traveling instructor for Baseball Factory, a college recruiting company, based in Columbia, MD, where he managed several showcase teams and taught hitting and catching across the nation. He also has taught for many Baseball Academies and is a consultant for Bedinger’s Bullpen, a baseball academy, in Joliet, IL. He also coached highly competitive travel baseball teams out of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Poway, CA and Del Mar, CA.
Ryan lives outside of Phoenix with his wife Andrea, their daughter Kacey (10) and son Brycen (8).
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