When an 11-year-old Ryan Wecker moved with his family from Gresham to Boring in the early 1990s, Sandy High had no idea who the kid was. By the time Wecker started high school a few years later, the Sandy athletic department was beginning to see it had a keeper.
Wecker began as a three-sport athlete, competing in basketball, football and track and field. Over time, he made a name for himself in track and field.
My fondest memory was making it to state as a sophomore, Wecker said. I felt like being able to do it that young was pretty big.
Wecker helped Sandy win the 4 X 400 meter relay in the district meet to qualify for state that year. Following a successful career at Sandy, Wecker competed on the track team Western Oregon University where he participated in the decathlon, long jump and hurdles.
Meanwhile, Wecker was taking steps to grow as a person. After one year at WOU, he joined the United States Air Force. Wecker was stationed in Kunsan, South Korea and Aviano, Italy while serving his four-year stint.
Prior to his military departure, Wecker gave assistance to the Sandy track program when occasion permitted. Upon his return, he picked that up again and coached the area youth when he could. He got back to helping out at track events, but also coached the Boring Middle School basketball team for two seasons.
Wecker currently works as an operations analyst for the Kroger Company. Work forced him to take a break from coaching in 2011 and 2012, but he was back for the 2013 season and took on the task of assisting Sandys hurdle jumpers this past season. There are no indications of a future change to that role.
Since his time as a student-athlete at Sandy, Wecker has achieved great things as he has served his country and community. Those actions speak louder than words ever could. Whether Wecker has been competing, serving in the Air Force or coaching kids, he has had plenty to hang his hat on.
However, there is an achievement that blows the rest out of the water, at least in his mind. When asked what his lifes greatest accomplishment has been, he didnt hesitate.
Marrying my wife and being a dad, Wecker said.
Wecker has been happily married to his wife, Alyse, for four years. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Ella, in September. The young family bought its first home in Gresham last month.