Ryan attended Oregon City High School and was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball and baseball. He was an all-league selection in both sports and is the all-time leader in 3-pointers in a season (82) and 3-point percentage in a season (46.7%) at OCHS. He went on to attend Lewis & Clark College and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Economics. As a basketball player for Lewis & Clark, he was a four-year letter winner, a three-year starter, and was twice selected to the NWC All-Conference Team. He holds Lewis and Clark and Northwest Conference Records for 3-pointers made in a game (12) and season (99), and is second all time in a career (299).
In 2008, after a two-year stint in commercial real estate, he returned to Lewis & Clark as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball team. It was during this time he realized his passion for athletic performance training. After four years with the team, he continued on to work at TWIST Sport Conditioning Center in Portland. At Twist, Ryan worked mostly with advanced high school and collegiate athletes as well as multiple professional athletes and Olympians.
In October of 2012, Ryan teamed up with fellow Oregon City alum Matt Rogers and together they opened Therapeutic Associates Oregon City Physical Therapy in their hometown. In 2013, Ryan received his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Together, they have built a multi-disciplinary “hub” for the community with a focus on physical therapy, sports performance training and brought in other providers including massage therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, personal training, and athletic training.
Over the past 5 years Ryan has become a well-known strength coach in the Oregon City/West Linn communities. Over that time, he has worked as the strength & conditioning coach for the Oregon City HS boys basketball and baseball teams, the West Linn HS girls basketball team and the Gladstone football team. In his own facility, coach Wells has helped over 50 local athletes secure college scholarships. In addition, he has worked with professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, European Basketball League, ATP Tour, Nationwide Tour, MLS and the CFL.
Ryan has also been active in the Oregon City community having served 3-years on the board of directors for The Battle For The Bridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Coach Wells prides himself on “walking the walk” and trains himself in the same way he trains his athletes. He currently continues to play basketball, softball, volleyball and golf at a highly competitive level. Outside of sports, Ryan spends his free time with friends and family and in the northwest great outdoors.