Ryan Millar: Mormon Athlete
Ryan Millar is a former American volleyball player and was a member of the United States men’s national volleyball team from 1998 to 2008. He also competed in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. The team placed fourth in 2004 and won a gold medal in 2008.
Millar was born on January 22, 1978, in San Dimas, California. He played high school basketball, but left it to play volleyball. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2001, where he played volleyball and led his team to the team’s first NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship in 1999. He was named All-American three years consecutively and was a triple AVCA First-Team All-American. He became assistant coach in July 2006, and after the unexpected resignation of the head coach because the co-interim head coach in August 2006, which he held for the 2006–2007 season. He was named to the BYU Hall of Fame in 2009.
He is a three-time NORCECA champion (2003, 2005, and 2007). he took gold in the World League in 2008, gold in the America’s Cup in 2007, and gold in the Pan American Cup in 2006.
He and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of two children. he is a senior director with Partners in Leadership and is a well-respected consultant and facilitator. He is the creator of The Next Level Volleyball Camps. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.