QB Genswein: “Fall seven times, stand up eight”

Pair of CWUAA schools reach out to Cougars standout.

Cathlolic Central Cougars quarterback Ryan Genswein has been able to buck the trend and forge a successful career in a small town.

Ryan Genswein


6’0, 170 lbs

Catholic Central Cougars (high school: ASAA)
Cordale Bears (Minor: SAMFA)


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Saskatchewan, Alberta, Open


Ryan Genswein first stepped on the gridiron as a member of the Cordale Bears of the Southern Alberta Minor Football Association (SAMFA). The team was located in a small town and often struggled to field a complete team.

“It was hard in such a small town, we usually had maybe 12 or 13 people on our team at games so we all had to play both ways and almost never left the field, which actually was great,” Ryan explained.

This carried on until Ryan began his career with the Catholic Central Cougars of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA). Nonetheless, the struggle of playing in a small town didn’t hinder Ryan’s growth as a football player. In fact, in 2014, Ryan was the starting quarterback for the SAMFA All-Star game, and he also took home the MVP hardware.

The accolades have certainly accumulated in bunches for Ryan, however, he acknowledges his team’s success as being the biggest highlight of his playing career thus far.

“The highlight of my football career was last season, winning the Tier 2 South Zone championship.”

Ryan’s maturation both on and off the field can be attributed to several people. However, Ryan credits his father for his influence and support throughout his life.

“My dad has been the most influential person in my life. He has been there for me since day 1. No matter how busy or what he was doing he has always made time for me and there’s nothing more important to me than that.”

“During hard times he would always tell me a quote which he has tried to live his life by. “Fall seven times, stand up eight”. I try as well to live my life by that quote.”

As a quarterback, Ryan will not dazzle you with ridiculous athleticism or huge arm strength, however, he is very effective at what he does. He has great poise to hang-in the pocket under pressure and deliver the ball to his receivers. He sets up quickly and has a quick release as well. He excels in a quick hitting offense that enables him to rid the ball quickly. He has great touch on the underneath and intermediate throws. Furthermore, he does a great job of leading his receivers to ensure they catch the ball while in stride

Thus far this off-season, Ryan has been diligently training on a consistent basis to ensure he can perform at his peak potential in his senior season. With that, Ryan has enlisted Trevor Hardy to assist with his off-season training.

“I train with Trevor Hardy, owner/operator of Hard Training and strength and conditioning coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, five days a week. He gives me specific diets and workout programs. I plan to continue an altered training program during the season.”

“I will be doing my best to play as much football as possible with as much high level coaching as possible. I will be doing the U18 process and attend as many football camps as possible. My teammates and I get together and practice routes and offensive drills three to five days a week.”

As per recruiting process, Ryan has maintained an open consideration for all schools.

“I will be considering all CIS and NCAA universities. I have been in contact with the University of Saskatchewan and have also been in contact with the University of Alberta’s coaching staff at the U18 tryouts. I have no commitments and hope to visit many universities this summer.”

In the meantime, Ryan continues to train and prepare for his future.

“I am undecided on what career I would like to pursue at present but I have been considering architecture or physiotherapy.”

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