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Who is Dave Ryan?

By Matthew F.
Updated Jun 04, 2024
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Dave Ryan is an ESPN television announcer and reporter known for his bowling coverage. He is famous as a Professional Bowling Association (PBA) commentator and analyst, and has also done college football and college basketball reporting and in-booth analysis. Famous for his catchy phrases and colorful commentary, Dave Ryan has received criticism from some bowling fans for not being knowledgeable enough about the game and for talking too much. He is a frequent television partner with bowling personality Randy Peterson.

Renowned for his energy and colorful commentary during telecasts, Dave Ryan earned a bowling following with a list of animated phrases, including: “Sixty feet to success!” and “He’s got all ten down!” He is among a limited list of prominent bowling personalities, and although he was replaced on PBA broadcasts in 2007 by Rob Stone, Dave Ryan continues to do telecasts of women’s and college bowling events.

Also known for his coverage and field work of minor-marquee events, Dave Ryan has been a sideline reporter at the College World Series and Little League World Series, as well as an announcer for the semifinals of both events. He has worked lacrosse and the women’s NCAA tournament as well, and has been on telecasts across ESPNs range of networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, and ESPN International.

Having worked for ESPN and ESPN2 since 1996, Dave Ryan has called play-by-play for hockey and tennis telecasts, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Australian Open, and college hockey’s Frozen Four. Ryan has also covered college basketball, has served as a sideline reporter for Big 10 college football, and has covered MLB, Arena Football, and softball in a limited capacity. He has hosted college basketball and College World Series shows and segments in studio as well.

Before working for ESPN, Dave Ryan worked sports for WNSS-AM in Syracuse, New York, where he earned a New York State Broadcasters Association Award in 1992. He covered local sports in West Virginia before that for WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, and was also a lead broadcaster at Syracuse University’s student station, where he earned his communications degree. Ryan has continued his relationship with Syracuse through the 2000s, teaching a sports reporting class as an adjunct professor.

In college, Dave Ryan broadcast football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball in various capacities for the school’s radio station, WAER. He also earned his first New York State Broadcasters Association Award in 1989 for his coverage of the Big East basketball tournament.

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By anon35473 — On Jul 05, 2009

Ryan is an idiot. By the comments he regularly makes during the broadcasts, he must be going after the 5th grader demographic group.

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