Faculty Profile: Terry Ryan
Villa has had its share of connections to the Philadelphia Flyers over the years. Theresa Hartman Fedoruk '94 is married to former Flyers left wing Todd Fedoruk. Justine Pletnick '06 is the Direct Marketing Manager for the Flyers organization. Bridget Boyd '14 is a Flyers Ice Girl. Now we can add another connection to the list -- our very own Health & Physical Education teacher and Head Coach of the Golf Team, Terry Ryan, was recently invited to participate in Hockey for Her, an instructional event for women hosted by the Flyers on February 27, 2018.
Terry's hockey roots run deep. The lifelong Flyers fan is a member of the ball hockey U.S. Women’s National Team, having competed in several world championships (2007 in Germany; 2008 in Ontario, Canada; 2009 in the Czech Republic; 2011 in Slovakia; 2013 in St. John's, Newfoundland; and 2014 in Tampa, Florida). Twice she served as assistant captain, led the team in scoring, and was named to the All World Team. And twice more she wore the captain's C. In 2015, she played for and captained Team Ireland at the world championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. This year, she'll return to compete for the U.S. team in Bermuda in September.
Villa Alumna Justine Pletnick, aware of Terry's background and experience, recommended her as a panelist at Hockey for Her, a behind-the-scenes event created especially for women by the female executives in the Flyers front office. Terry interviewed with team representatives and was selected as a participant.
About 450 Flyers fans attended the event. Featured presenters included several Flyers alumni, who worked on shooting drills; members of the Flyers coaching staff, who discussed all aspects of the game; athletic trainer Jim McCrossin, who ran a station on nutrition and injuries; and a panel of Flyers' wives and female employees. Terry shared her expertise with seven groups of about 50 participants each. The groups worked on basic skills and simple ball hockey drills on the Wells Fargo floor.
For Terry, one of the most exciting aspects of the experience was the opportunity to interact with some of her hockey heroes and famed hockey broadcasters. "I was fortunate enough to rub elbows with Paul Holmgren, Diane Hextall, Jimmy Jackson, Tim Saunders, Steve Coates, Ian Laperriere, Brad Marsh, and Riley Cote for about an hour prior to the event, and they treated me like I was a celebrity," she said. "Their hospitality was first-class all the way!"
Just as thrilling -- and somewhat unexpected -- was the reaction of the fans in attendance. During the event, Terry was asked to take selfies with about 100 people! She remarked, "The compliments and kind words coming from these women made me feel so good about all the time I have put into the game. I heard everything from 'I want to be just like you when I grow up' from some teens, to 'You are my idol' from fans my age, to 'You should be on the Flyers' from some young fans as well. A few younger girls asked to put on my jerseys and take pictures with them. I even gave away three of my jerseys and was asked to sign them. It was an amazing evening!"
Terry, 48, has been at Villa for 25 years, starting as a coach and later advancing to the faculty. She introduced the popular annual Villa tradition Chicks with Sticks, and also serves as a co-moderator of the Student Council. Terry is a 1987 graduate of Archbishop Ryan and a 1991 graduate of Rider University, where she was inducted into the athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. She is married to Steve Ryan, is the mother of Villa Senior Emily Dossick, and is stepmom to Kate and Jean Ryan.
Congratulations, Terry, on all of your accomplishments! You're a true Jem.