About Ryan

Building Connections

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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

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Montana Indian Athletic Hall Of Fame
Recognizes


Ryan Wetzel

Urban Indian Outstanding Athletic Achievement
for 
Basketball Accomplishments

Inducted December 2018

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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

1999


  • High Jump
  • Long Jump



Eastern A Divisional Boys Team Champions

1999


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


All State 

All Conference


Notable Accomplishments


High Jump (PR)

6'4''

(Tied School Record)


 Long Jump (PR)

22'4''

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Football


All Conference


Senior Season

  • 5 touchdowns
  • 400 yards receiving

Professional Basketball

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Germany

Second League Pro A
(2009)

UBC Tigers
Geissen 46ers
Langen Giraffes


United States

Continental Basketball Association
Draft
(2006)
Great Falls Explores 
Butte Dare Devils


National Indian Athletic Association 
Florida

(2006)
Runner Up
All Star Selection


Big Ballers National Tournament

Florida

(2006 - 2009)

State to State
National Champions

Runner-up

Third Place
Slam Dunk Champion
Sportsmanship Award


Montana Tribal Leaders National Team
(2008)

Montana State University Billings

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NCAA Division II


2002-2003
*Senior
PPG
3.5
RPG
2.3

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


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2001-2002
*Junior

Attended the University but did not play.


(Rehabilitation on leg injury)



Northwest College

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NJCAA Division I 


2000-2001
*Sophomore
PPG
12.2
RPG
5.7

Trapper of the Week

College Slam Dunk Runner-up

Game High
25 points  

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1999-2000
*Freshman
PPG
13.3
RPG
6.3

Region IX
Freshman
Player of the week

College Slam Dunk Champion


Game High
47 points 

Billings Central High School

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1995 - 1999

4 year varsity player


State Champions

1996


State Runner-up

1998


3 x Divisional Runner-up

2x Conference Champions


All State

All Conference

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 Notable Achievements

USA TODAY
ALL USA

Honorable Mention

FILA
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

National 
Underclassmen
Honors


 NAYO
National
Tournament
Hollywood, Florida

All Star Selection

Runner-up 


 AAU 15
Nationals
Las Vegas, Nevada

All First Team
Selection

Runner-up
 

St. Francis Middle School

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 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.

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