Director of Athletics

Ryan Wallace
Ryan Wallace Director of Athletics & Activities

 

Ryan Wallace has been a member of the Jennings family since 2001 as a social studies teacher.  For the last 11 years, Mr. Wallace has also served on the Warriors Football coaching staff, with four years as an assistant football coach at the varsity level, before being named the head coach of the Warriors at the age of 27.  Under Coach Wallace's direction, the Warrior football program earned one Suburban East Conference Championship, three district championships, and the 2006 Tom Lombardo Hall of Fame "Top Program" Team Character award. 

Prior to his hiring in the Jennings School District, Wallace attended Missouri Valley College where he earned degrees in sociology and criminal justice, along with his degree in education.  Graduating Magna Cum Laude, Wallace was also a four-year letterman for the nationally ranked NAIA Missouri Valley Vikings where he played left tackle.  After his playing career, Wallace served as a graduate assistant coach with the Vikings while he finalized his last undergrad degree.

Wallace's high school days were spent in the Fort Zumwalt School District (South High) where he played four years of football and was a member of the National Honor Society, graduated with a 3.7 grade point average.  It was Wallace's personal experiences with past peers, teachers and coaches that inspired him to earn a career in education.  "As a young man in middle school, I was not sure what path I was going to take in my life (like so many young people at that age), and it was my experiences with high school athletics that motivated me to be the best I could be on the playing field and in the classroom.   I grew to love my friends, teachers and coaches, and most importantly, I gained a confidence in myself that I was unaware I could obtain".  As Athletic Director for the Jennings School District he has reaffirmed his mission.  "I believe that high school athletics makes our students better people.  I know that my experience as a student athlete in high school made a greater impact on my life than I ever imagined.  I enjoy waking up every day to replicate that in the lives of those young men and women whom we are fortunate enough to coach and teach; this to me is the bigger picture behind big wins and big losses."