Ryan Sawyers was elected to the Chairman’s seat on the Prince William County School Board in November of 2015 and took office in January of 2016.
Mr. Sawyers is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later earned his master’s degree from West Virginia University in Athletic Coaching Education. Mr. Sawyers is a 1996 graduate of Fort Hill High School in his hometown of Cumberland, MD.
A long-time college baseball coach, Mr. Sawyers has helped many high school students and their families prepare for college. He worked with hundreds of students, helping them transition from high school to college by walking them through the different facets of college academics, financial aid, housing, and athletics.
During his time at the collegiate ranks, Mr. Sawyers coached at Shepherd University (WV), Garden City Community College (KS), University of Mary Washington (VA), and Purdue University (IN). He was also the Head Coach of the Springfield Sliders of the now-defunct Central Illinois Collegiate League (now the Prospect League). The Sliders won the 2008 championship and were one of the top-ranked college summer baseball teams in the country.
Mr. Sawyers owns a successful sports marketing company that runs and facilitates sports camps nationwide. He is an expert on college athletic rules and regulations after having coached at all three levels of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as the National Junior College Athletic Association. He gives speeches from coast to coast to high school athletes and their parents to help them better understand the rules of college athletics and the “do’s and don’ts” of recruiting.
Mr. Sawyers and his wife Jaime have two children, Brady and Chelsea, who both attend Prince William County Public Schools. Jaime has served as a teacher’s assistant and substitute teacher in Prince William County Public Schools. Both Brady and Chelsea participate in the Youth Orchestra of Prince William.
The Sawyers became residents of Prince William County in 2012 when they moved to Gainesville. In 2015 they moved to Haymarket. Their family roots go deep into Prince William County as Jaime’s family has lived in the county for decades.
Mr. Sawyers is the President of Bull Run Little League which serves the communities of Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow. Little League baseball began serving these communities in 1970. An avid home cook, Mr. Sawyers also volunteers his time at DC-based Miriam’s Kitchen which has a mission to end chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia. He has also helped at SERVE in Manassas and the Dale City Civic Association – Homeless Outreach Program.