RYAN J. GRACIA FOUNDER
Coach Ryan J. Gracia was born in Canton, Ohio where he attended Canton South High School. He started his college career at Tiffin University with a basketball scholarship. However, Ryan graduated from Walsh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Business Management.
After graduation, Ryan began a career at Canton South High school as an Intervention Specialist and College Advisor, and took on the responsibility as a Cultural Awareness Advisor of over 200 students. During this time, he also coached JV/Varsity basketball at Canton South High School and Canton McKinley Senior High School. In 2013, Ryan returned to his Alma Mater, Walsh University where he served as an Assistant Coach. He also served as the Varsity Assistant Coach at Canton McKinley Senior High and the team made it to the state Elite 8. Ryan then served as the Head Basketball Coach, General Manager, and Part-Owner of the Stark County Revolution, a Canton, Ohio semi-pro team, which then led him the same positon with the Florida Makos Professional ABA Basketball Team.
As founder of CoachG4Lyfe, which specializes in motivational speaking, college advising and individual and group workouts, Ryan is committed to programming that changes future generations. Seeing a world where student-athletes possess the necessary life skills to graduate, gain admission to colleges/universities, and become productive citizens, CoachG4Lyfe focuses on three important phases: Physical, Education, and Character. Innovative athletic and educational programming allows basketball to be used as a vehicle to develop not only athletes, but professional and life skills also.
Ryan, also served as the Executive Director of The Prepared Athlete, a non-profit incorporated service for youth grades 3 through 12. The program focuses on physical, academic, and character development. As the Director, he volunteers his time to develop children by helping them academically and athletically.
Ryan’s greatest accomplishments in coaching are:
2010 Global Professional Basketball League II Championship Winners with Stark Revolution Semi-Pro Basketball Team
2005-2006 OHSAA Division One Championship with McKinley Senior High School
2002-2003 Final Four berth with Canton South High School
He has also held position as Camp Director of former NBA players Eric Snow and Keith McLeod. Under CoachG4Lyfe he conducts clinics, summer leagues, camps and educational programs for student-athletes.
Loyalty is the foundation of Ryan’s relationships, personally and professionally. He is committed to our future generation of student-athletes and their success. Ryan embraces the challenge that comes with being a leader, a role model to others, and one who provides citizens with support and structure. He serves his community with a passion and thrives to help empower the lives of others.