Denis Ryan

Denis Ryan has been a member of the Baltimore-Washington Eagles since 1998, serving as a player, coach and Vice President of the club. In 2001 he joined the US national team, the USA Revolution, as an Assistant Coach and has since played an instrumental role within the USAFL, developing and implementing Coaching courses, school PE  programs and the co-ed Ausball. 

In the same year he was appointed Coaching Director of the USAFL, and traveled with the Revolution to London for the inaugural Atlantic Alliance Cup. In 2002 he stepped up as Head Coach of the Revolution team and took this team to Melbourne, Australia, for the first ever International Cup in 2005, where they finished fifth of 11 teams.

Denis stepped down from National coaching duties in 2003 to concentrate on the introduction of Australian Football into the US culture. He recognized that the best starting point was the US Physical Education curriculum and thus developed the USFootyKids program. Denis went on in 2006 to develop the game of Ausball – a co-ed non-contact version of the game for both adults & youth.

In 2012 he was inducted as the third member of the USAFL’s Hall of Fame for his efforts in developing the game of Australian Football in the US. Always driven by a strong vision and passion for the game in the US, Denis looks forward to leading the USAFL onto a path of rapid expansion.

YearUSAFL RolePositionResignedGrade
2014 to 2016
USA Revolution Head Coach
Head Coach
2003 to 2012
Junior Development
2009 to 2015
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach
YearUSAFL RoleAward Category
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