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March 6, 2002


Former Denver Bronco named football coach at Regis High

Former Denver Bronco Jim Ryan has been named football coach at Regis Jesuit High, said the principal, Jesuit Father Wally Sidney.

Ryan has been a volunteer assistant with the program for the past two seasons. He also serves as a talk-show host at KKFN-AM 950 and is active in other business interests. He takes over for Bill Mara, who retired after last season.

Ryan played linebacker for the Denver Broncos from 1979-88. Since that time he has worked as a broadcaster in radio and television. He spent more than two years as president of the Denver Broncos Youth Foundation and also helped establish the Denver Broncos Academy, an alternative educational institution for troubled youth.

"We're delighted to have Jim as our school football coach," Father Sidney said. "He generates a tremendous amount of respect and enthusiasm among his players and in the school community."

Regis competes in the Continental League in class 5A, the largest of Colorado's seven high school sports classifications.

A New Jersey native, Ryan played football at the College of William and Mary, where he garnered numerous awards for his on-field performance and for his leadership qualities. He has two sons currently attending Regis: Ben, a sophomore, and Jonathan, a freshman.


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