Minnesota Duluth head coach Curt Wiese faced a situation that no coach or player ever wants to experience. During a Sunday team meeting, Wiese delivered some difficult news about their teammate Reed Ryan, who had collapsed in the UMD campus weight room and was hospitalized. The team learned of his uncertain condition and, tragically, received the grim news of his passing at the young age of 22.
Despite the devastating loss, Ryan’s final act was to become an organ donor, following in the footsteps of his family’s dedication to helping others. Reports indicate that his passing was due to a cardiac arrest resulting from an undetected genetic condition. His coach tearfully shared how Ryan’s infectious personality and compassion made a lasting impact during his time with the team.
As a senior defensive lineman for North Dakota State University, Ryan’s loss was deeply felt by his former teammates and coaches. His impact on and off the field was profound, and his legacy will always be remembered.
The grieving process has been challenging for everyone involved, and counseling services have been made readily available to support the team through this difficult time. The community will honor Ryan’s life with a memorial wake and funeral services, allowing those who knew him to remember and celebrate his life.
Jeff Kolpack of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead also contributed to this story.
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