Now in his 47th year as a player, coach, manager and administrator Jim Ryan has helped many others enjoy the game and achieve success. When he was a lightning fast wing for Cowichan, Crimson Tide, Meralomas, British Columbia and Canada, Ryan knew how to cross the opponent's goal line and how to defend his own. He has coached several clubs while guiding the provincial Under 19 and senior men's teams to national championships. In 1993, his provincial Under 19 team was a Canada Games Gold Medalist in Kamloops.
Ryan began his coaching career with Meraloma Under 17 and in 1971, coached the Vancouver Under 19 that defeated Japan Schools. His most recent coaching assignment was with an Over 60 side that won the Gold Medal at the World Master's in Edmonton. As a manager, he was in charge British Columbia against Sussex in 1986, the USA Under 19 tour of New Zealand in 1994, the Fraser Valley Under 20 that won the National title in Newfoundland in 2007. Ryan has also managed the British Columbia Under 19 women is currently in his fourth year as president of the Fraser Valley Rugby Union.
Ryan has contributed significantly to every club with which he has been connected
and to every age level provincial team. He is a member of the 1966 British Columbia team that is already in the BCRU Hall of Fame and now he enters it a builder.