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Fast Facts

  • Lived in Toronto from 1966 to '74 after his parents' divorce.
  • Suffers from dyslexia.
  • Served as defensive coach for five college teams.
  • With his brother, served as assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95 under their father, head coach Buddy Ryan.
  • Served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2008.
  • Signed as head coach with the New York Jets in January of 2009.
  • Led Jets to AFC Championship game against Indianapolis on January 24, 2010. The Jets lost to the Colts 30-17.
  • Was fined by NFL for making an obscene gesture at Dolphins fans while attending MMA event in Florida.
  • Weighing over 350 pounds, he had bariatric surgery to help with weight loss in March 2010.
  • Appeared in HBO's Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the New York Jets in the summer of 2010.


  • Doris Ryan — Mother
  • Seth Ryan — Son
  • Rob Ryan — Brother
  • Michelle Ryan — Wife
  • Payton Ryan — Son
  • Buddy Ryan — Father
  • Jim Ryan — Brother


  • Attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK;
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY (BS in Physical Education; MA in Physical Education, 1988)


  • Birth Place: Ardmore, OK
  • Profession: Football coach

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