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Karlin "Butch" Ryan

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Even before his Beaver Falls High School Girls’ basketball team won the WPIAL Class AAAA title in 1985, Butch Ryan was a highly successful coach, even though he was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete. Butch was head coach of the Beaver Falls girls’ basketball team and the girls’ track team for more than ten years and helped develop hurdler Candy Young. Butch’s track teams won 83 meets and lost only 13 between 1975 and 1984, and his basketball squads had a 195-44 record at the end of the WPIAL playoffs, which included a 25-1 record by the 1985 Tigerettes and the first WPIAL girls’ cage title for a county school. To prove his versatility, Butch served as an assistant football coach to Larry Bruno from 1970 to 1979 and was the Tigers’ end coach during that time. During his own high school days at Beaver Falls, Butch won eight letters in football, basketball, and baseball and served as team captain in all three sports his senior year. During his sophomore and junior years, he was a defensive back and running back and took over quarterback duties in his senior year of 1961, leading the Tigers to a perfect 10-0 record. He was a Big 33 selection and a high school All American pick that year. Butch then went to the University of Iowa, where he won three letters each in football and fencing. That’s right, fencing!