About Ryan


Building Connections

TEDx Speaker and Founder of Actions Speak Louder, Ryan Wetzel, is a well rounded professional who shares insight on how to overcome various obstacles in life. 

The Co-star of the acclaimed basketball documentary NEVER TOO LATE and Hall of Fame Athlete brings you into his world of trials and tribulations, connecting to his audience with heartfelt reality of the unexpected obstacles life can deliver at times. From being defeated to bouncing back, Ryan takes you through his journey as a superstar athlete destined for greatness, to, in an instant, losing it all to a rare leg injury forcing him to rethink his purpose in life.   

 Primarily working hand in hand with law enforcement, therapists, community organizations, churches, and schools, Ryan networks in hopes of making people aware of the issues surrounding behavioral health, mental health and suicide ideation. Along with his personal and professional experience, Ryan has an extensive educational track. He has degrees in both behavioral science and psychology, as well as, a long list of certifications. Ryan is a dedicated professional motivational speaker and a proud father and supportive husband!  

A Philosophy for the Future

For nearly two decade's, Ryan has been a coach and mentor on the basketball court, utilizing his experience playing at the professional basketball level both in the United States and Europe. He also works as a mental health professional, raising awareness on the potential outcomes regarding various coping skills and lifestyle. His delivery is about compassion and his mission is saving others by sharing his steps to creating a better situation. Ryan believes that we must all give life another chance!

Workshops and Keynotes

 In his presentation, Ryan speaks of issues surrounding depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation and how to overcome each of the emotions involved with a few healthy steps. His delivery is powerful and his message is from the heart, speaking with attendees about his own battles throughout his life. 

Featured In The Book

Sports Career Highlights

Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame

Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame

Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame


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Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame

Urban Indian Outstanding Athletic Achievement
Basketball Accomplishments

Inducted December 2018


A standout track and field athlete and football star during his high school career, Ryan flourished.

Billings Central High School

Track and Field

State A Boys Team Champions


  • High Jump
  • Long Jump

Eastern A Divisional Boys Team Champions


  •  High Jump 
  • Long Jump
  • Triple Jump
  • 110 Hurdles

All State 

All Conference

Notable Accomplishments

High Jump (PR)


(Tied School Record)

 Long Jump (PR)




All Conference

Senior Season

  • 5 touchdowns
  • 400 yards receiving

Professional Basketball

Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame

Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame



Second League Pro A

UBC Tigers
Geissen 46ers
Langen Giraffes

United States

Continental Basketball Association
Great Falls Explores 
Butte Dare Devils

National Indian Athletic Association 

Runner Up
All Star Selection

Big Ballers National Tournament


(2006 - 2009)

State to State
National Champions


Third Place
Slam Dunk Champion
Sportsmanship Award

Montana Tribal Leaders National Team

Exhibition Game High 

22 Points

6 Three Pointers

Montana State University Billings

Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame

Montana State University Billings

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NCAA Division II


Played in four games before taking a medical red-shirt.
Game High
17 points




Attended the University but did not play.

(Rehabilitation on leg injury)

Northwest College

Billings Central High School

Montana State University Billings

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NJCAA Division I 


Nationally Ranked In 

Free Throw Percentage

Individually Ranked Top Five In 10 Different Team Categories

Trapper of the Week

College Slam Dunk 


Game High
25 points  



Academic Honors

Incoming Freshman Honors

Region IX
Player Of The Week

College Slam Dunk Champion

Game High
47 points 

Billings Central High School

Billings Central High School

Billings Central High School


1995 - 1999

4 year varsity player

State Champions


State Runner-up


3 x Divisional Runner-up

2x Conference Champions

All State

All Conference


 Notable Achievements


Honorable Mention

National Elite
Kansas City, MO

All Star Selection

Slam Dunk Champ

All West Native American Classic
Denver, Colorado

National Champions

All Star Selection

Slam Dunk Runner-up


Mr. Basketball
Kearney, Nebraska


Hollywood, Florida

All Star Selection


 AAU 15
Las Vegas, Nevada

All First Team


St. Francis Middle School

Billings Central High School

Billings Central High School


 During the 1994-95 8th grade season at St. Francis Upper School in 

Billings Montana,
Ryan, at 14 years of age, averaged 34.5 points, 16 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 4 slam dunks per game. He scored 50 of the teams 79 points against St. Labre in the championship game of the parochial school state tournament. St. Francis won the title 79-73. Ryan was the unanimous MVP.