Director, Player Development
Ryan Stamper is in his sixth season in the position of Director, Player Development at Ohio State University. This role allows Stamper to be an administrative resource for players in all areas of their development.
Chief among Stamper's responsibilities is running the football program's highly successful and proactive "Real Life Wednesday" initiative that puts business and athletic leaders in front of Ohio State athletes for real world education on life after football. The program includes resume writing and concludes each spring with a job fair that typically draws 50 to 75 businesses on campus.
Stamper is a natural at helping the Buckeyes and at understanding the demands and issues they face. He was a two-time team captain for coach Urban Meyer at Florida -- one of only eight two-time captains in Florida history -- and lettered three times while playing in 41 games and starting 26 times at linebacker. Stamper was a member of Florida's national championship teams in 2006 and 2008 and he led the Gators in tackles as a senior while earning second-team all-SEC honors.
Stamper, who graduated in 2009 with a degree in criminology, was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He was named the team's Forrest K. "Fergie" Ferguson award winner as a senior. The award goes to the senior who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage.
And it was those traits that prompted Stamper to work for a year as a police officer for the Titusville (Fla.) Police Department after graduation. He was hired for his position at Ohio State by Meyer in 2012.
Stamper, a Jacksonville, Fla., native and a graduate of First Coast High School, has a six-year-old daughter, Ryiah.