Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Birth Year: 1978
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-8 (204cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98kg)
Joined Team: May 1999
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – FIVB World League (Silver Medal)… NORCECA Olympic Qualifier (Gold Medal). 2011 – FIVB World Cup… NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship (Silver Medal)… FIVB World League. 2010 - FIVB World League. 2008 – Olympic Games (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship (Gold Medal). 2007 – FIVB World Cup... NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal)... Americas' Cup (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League. 2006 – FIVB World Championships... FIVB World League... Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)... Argentina Tour. 2005 – FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)...World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal). 2004 – NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)... Houston Series... USA Global Challenge (First Place)... Olympic Games (Fourth Place). 2003 – NORCECA Zone Championships (Gold Medal)... World Cup (Fourth Place). 2002 – Florida Tour... World Championships. 2001 – Did not play with the National Team. 2000 – Americas' Cup... Australia Tour... Continental Cup... Korea Tour... Olympic Games... World League. 1999 – Americas' Cup... Japan Trip... International Volleyball
Challenge... Italy Trip.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Finished 2012 with 28 points on 22 kills and Played in 14 pool play sets and started 10 of World League. Finished with 17 points on 14 attacks and three blocks. Scored eight points against Korea in matches on 5-19 in Italy and 6-16 in France…. Played in 10 sets and started seven of the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier. Finished with 11 points on eight kills and three blocks. High was six points on five attacks and one block against Costa Rica. 2011 – Finished the season as the team’s fifth-leading scorer with 157 points on 95 attacks, 50 blocks and 12 aces in 97 sets played. He was the team’s third-leading blocker… Was the team’s fifth-leading scorer at the FIVB World Cup with 48 points on 31 kills, 14 blocks and three aces in 32 sets played. He was the team’s third-leading blocker. The U.S. Men placed sixth… Played in 14 sets and started seven at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship where the U.S. Men finished second and qualified for the World Cup. Finished the tournament with 19 points on 10 kills (71.4 kill percent), five blocks and four aces… Played in 51 sets of the FIVB World League. Finished the tournament with 90 points on 54 kills, 31 blocks (0.61 blocks per set) and five aces. He was the United States’ second-leading blocker and was eighth among all blockers in pool play… Played for Asseco Resovia Rzeszów during the winter of 2010-11. 2010 – Suffered a sprained ankle during practice prior to the FIVB World Championship and was not on the roster... Played in 23 sets in the FIVB World League. He posted 25 kills (1.09 per set) and averaged a hitting percentage of .333. His 18 (0.37 per set) stuff blocks was good enough for 33rd among the League's best blockers. He also totaled six aces (0.12 per set) and a total of 49 points (2.13 per set). 2009 – Took the summer off from the U.S. Men's team, but played for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkey during the winter of 2009-10. 2008 – Played for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkey during the winter of 2008-09... Finished the 2008 season as the team's third leading scorer with 253 points in 98 sets (2.58 points per set). Was the team's leading blocker with 67 (0.68 blocks per set). Finished with 174 kills and a htting percentage of 0.47... Helped the U.S. Men to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, starting in every match at middle blocker. Eighth among all scorers at the Olympic with 97 points on 66 kills, 26 blocks and five aces. Ryan's 26 blocks put him fourth among all blockers with an average of 0.79 per set. Was the United States' leading scorer in the pool play match against Japan with 10 points. During the gold medal match against Brazil, had the winning set for teammate Clay Stanley's final kill... Helped the U.S. Men to their first World League gold medal. Led the U.S. and was fifth overall in blocking in the final round with nine blocks, 18 faults and 24 rebounds on 51 attempts for an average of 0.60 blocks per set. Third among all blockers in pool play with 25 blocks for a 0.63 average per set. Was the United States' fourth-leading scorer and ninth overall in pool play with 37 points on 26 kills, nine blocks and two aces... Was named Top Blocker at the NORCECA Olympic qualifier as the U.S. Men won the tournament and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games. Third among the U.S. players in scoring with 42 points on 32 kills and 10 blocks. 2007 – Named USAV's male indoor player of the year for 2007. He played in 127 sets in 2007, more sets than any other player besides libero Rich Lambourne. Led the U.S. Men in blocks in 2007 with 84, averaging 0.66 blocks per set. He was the second-leading scorer on the U.S. Men's Team (behind Reid Priddy) with 350 points. Averaged 2.75 points per set... Second among all blockers in the World Cup, where Team USA placed fourth, with a total of 27 blocks in 40 sets for an average of 0.675 blocks per set... Was the United States' third-leading scorer, and 19th overall, at the NORCECA Continental Championship. He finished the tournament with 45 points on 36 kills, eight blocks and one ace over five matches... Was the second-leading blocker overall, and the U.S. leader at Americas' Cup with an average of 0.60 blocks per set... Second among all blockers at the end of World League pool play with 36 blocks in 89 attempts and an average of 0.80 blocks per set. 2006 – Served as team captain when Tom Hoff was not on the court... Led the team in scoring blocks with 51... Fourth on the team in points scored with 122... Played in six out of 12 World League matches. The matches he missed were due to the birth of his son, Max... Helped the team win the inaugural Pan American Cup in June. 2005 – Earned "Best Blocker" accolades at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup as the United States won the silver medal with a 4-1 record... Finished the event tops in both total blocks (20) and blocks per set (1.18). Captured "Best Blocker" honors as Team USA won its second-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a four-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 15... The USA Men qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the gold-medal win... Also earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Men qualified for the 2006 World Championships. 2004 – Made his second-straight Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece as the USA Men finished four overall... Ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 70 points on 53 kills, 16 blocks and one service ace... Tied for fourth overall in total blocks with 16... Team USA qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. 2003 – Finished second among all players at the World Cup in blocking with 27 total stuffs (an average of 0.73 per set)... Was also second on the team in scoring (and 18th overall) with 116 total points on 87 kills, 27 blocks and two service aces. 2002 – Re-joined the team in August and helped guide the team to a ninth-place finish at the World Championships in Argentina. 2001 – Did not play with the National Team... Played professionally with Bossini Montichiari in Italy. 2000 – Led the team with a .573 hitting percentage at the Americas' Cup... Second on the squad with 64 kills and 10 blocks... Recorded 108 kills, 32 blocks, nine aces and a .439 hitting percentage in World League play... et a career high with six blocks against the Netherlands... Helped team USA qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympics with 25 kills, four blocks, three aces and a .462 hitting percentage at the Continental Cup... Posted 47 kills, 11 blocks and three aces on the Korea Tour... Played professionally in Italy for Volley Forli. 1999 – Starting middle blocker on the second-place Americas' Cup team... Helped the team defeat Italy and Yugoslavia on the trip to Italy with 41 kills, 12 blocks and a team-leading .515 hitting percentage... Earned his first international experience on the Japan Tour, posting a team-leading .590 hitting percentage with 44 kills and nine stuff blocks.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: One of only five players to earn AVCA First-Team All-American three times. 1999 – Led BYU to its first NCAA title... Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year... American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First-Team All-American... First-Team All-MPSF... Finished the season ranked first in the country in hitting percentage (.498) and blocks per game (.2.14). 1998 – AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-American... First-Team All-MPSF... Posted a season-high 31 kills against Pepperdine...Finished second in the nation in blocks per game (2.02). 1997 – AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-American... MPSF Player of the Year... Finished the year ranked No. 4 in the country in kills per game (6.47) and posted a career-high 48 kills against Pepperdine. 1996 – Volleyball Magazine Freshman of the Year... Third-Team All-MPSF... Ranked second in the country in blocks per game and set a single-match record with 18 total blocks.
PERSONAL: Born Ryan Madsen Millar in 1978 in San Dimas, Calif. ... Parents are Steven and Mardi... Married to Suzanne... Together, they are proud parents of Max, born in 2006 and Oliver, born in 2010... Ryan also has two brothers: James and Jon... Enjoys snowboarding, golfing and being with his wife... Graduated from BYU in 2001 with a degree in sociology... In July 2006, Millar was named as an assistant coach for the BYU men's volleyball team under Head Coach Tom Peterson... In August 2006, Ryan was named co-interim head coach of the BYU men's volleyball team after Peterson's sudden resignation. After one season with the BYU men's program, Millar returned to the U.S. Men's National Team and removed his name from consideration for the BYU head coaching position... His most defining moment was getting married at 19... His happiest moment in sports was winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games... While celebrating the gold medal victory, Ryan held up a poster of son, Max... Disneyland held a parade for Ryan following the gold medal victory. He also got to throw out the first pitch at an LA Dodgers game and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey and Bonnie Hunt shows... Lists his life goals as "I want to be a great husband, I want to be a great father, and I want to coach an NCAA school to a National Championship"... He would also like to play on the Senior PGA Tour.
Updated October, 2012