Dan Ryan, the District 81 activities coordinator and Greater Spokane League secretary the past nine years, has resigned to become activities coordinator at Port Angeles, Wash.
“I just decided it was time to get back a little closer to kids,” Ryan said. “It’s like watching the games, either you’re involved or back on the sidelines. I decided I wanted to get back in the game.
“We love Spokane. It was a really tough decision. We love it here, the people have been good to us, it’s home. We raised our kids here. They got a good education. It was a positive experience going through Spokane schools. Now, they’re out of college.”
Ryan will work with Alan Bredy, the new principal at Port Angeles High School after two years as activities coordinator at Lewis and Clark.
“It will be exciting. Alan Bredy is a young, aggressive guy with a lot of enthusiasm about the job,” Ryan said. “It will just get me back in the game, I guess. The thing you miss is the people you work with and this was home, but it seemed the time was right.
“I’ve lost contact with the kids. I see them from a distance. I want to be closer, watch them develop, accept the challenge, handle defeat… . I still believe with all my heart that’s what it’s all about.”
Ryan, 52, worked in Montana for 15 years and came to Spokane from Thompson Falls as an activities coordinator. After four years, he moved into the district office.
“I figure I have to work seven or eight years (to retire). I figure I got that many good years left in me anyway,” Ryan said. “Because of that, it was time for a change. Right now, the league is in good condition financially… . It is the premier league in the state.
“I was proud to say I was the GSL secretary or District 81 activities person, that’s a good deal. Leaving now, I’ll have good feelings about it. Now, I have one school instead of 10… . (Bredy) said he needed me. Sometimes at our age, that makes a difference.”
Ryan said the highlight of his 13 years in Spokane was when his son Rob was a sophomore on Shadle Park’s 1990 state title basketball team. As for his GSL job, he said helping develop the regional competition with the Big Nine, starting with what was the Evans Craven & Lackie basketball tournament, was rewarding.
“I think the GSL is something you can hold up as one of the finest ones in the whole state,” he said. “As a league, it’s competitive, it displays good sportsmanship most of the time, boys and girls activities are treated equally and it gets good support from the community.”
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