Ryan Dougherty was born April 10, 1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Michael and Gay Dougherty. He was 2002 graduate of Boone High School.
Ryan was a multiple sport (football, soccer, track), athlete while attending Boone. Ryan’s freshman and sophomore year, he earned honorable mention All-Metro awards for his dominance at mid field, on the varsity soccer team. In his junior and senior year, Ryan was the team captain, scoring 23 goals and 24 assists. He earned First team All-Metro awards, and The Coaches Achievement Awards both seasons. He ended his soccer career as the 2002 MVP and FACA All State Center Midfielder and made the All Southern Team.
At the end of Ryan’s sophomore year, while working on kicking soccer goals, Coach Ken Hensley, saw Ryan and quickly told Coach Ziglar about him. Coach Hensley placed Ryan towards the end of the season on the JV football team and 2 weeks later he was moved to the Varsity team, by Ziglar. At the conclusion of his senior year, Ryan was rated as one of the top six kicking specialists in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. He was a Class 6-A All-State punter, averaging 41.8 yards per boot. He set a school record for longest punt (75 yards). He also, earned all-metro and all-county honors as a place kicker. He was chosen to the All-Central Florida squad as a kicker and wide receiver. He caught 16 passes for 320 yards while rushing for an additional 68 yards. Incredibly, put 98 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. Ryan played in two post-season all-star games. Ryan won the Boone Scholar- Athlete Award. He then finished his high school career by receiving a full scholarship to East Carolina University as a punter and kick-off Specialist.
Before his first season started in college Ryan was placed on the Ray Guy watch list. In 2003, Ryan was the only Conference USA freshman to earn first-team all-conference honors. He was named to the C-USA All-Freshman unit. He was selected to the College Football News Freshman All-America Team (honorable mention). He stood ninth nationally as a freshman but led Conference USA in punting with a 44.5 -yard average. His punting average ranked as the third-highest single season average in school history. As a sophomore and junior Ryan again received multiple conference accolades including remaining on the Ray Guy Watch List.
Entering his senior year, Ryan was a semi- finalist for the Ray Guy Award. He was selected first team All- Conference and he currently holds the ECU record for most yards punted in a career which was 10,112 on 237 punts with 42.7-yard average. Ryan then was selected as a free- Agent for the Green Bay Packers. After two seasons in and out with the Packers, Ryan received a call from his college alma mater asking him to return there as a special team’s assistant. Ryan accepted the position and coached the specialists at ECU for 5 years, while earning his master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Ryan left ECU to become the Special Teams Coordinator for Lehigh University, for 2 years. Ryan currently is coaching at the University of Oklahoma in the special team’s quality control position. During, his two years at OU he has been to the college playoffs championship two years in a row, and they have had two Heisman trophy winners and won the Big 12 conference championship, 4 years in a row.
Ryan has coached some noted athletes now playing in the NFL like Baker Mayfield, Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, Dwayne Harris, Justin Hardy, Zay Jones, and Austin Seibert.
Ryan currently, resides in Norman, Oklahoma.