Coach Ryan Loder is the new head coach for District Christian Academy.  Former head assistant coach for San Francisco State, State Coach for California USA Wrestling, and USA Gold coach. Coach Loder is the owner of Apex Wrestling Academy where our mission is to BUILD BETTER PEOPLE THROUGH WRESTLING.

Ryan Loder grew up in Granite Bay, California, where he would travel all over to train with the best wrestlers. Most of the time there would not be a coach involved and it would just be live wrestling. There was no place that wrestlers could all come together and have great partners and a professional, accomplished coach that knew what it took to be the best. Apex Wrestling Academy is this place. Apex not only develops great wrestlers, but also great people. Our vision is to grow a wrestler from elementary through high school and prepare the wrestler for college as well as life.

While competing for University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Ryan Loder had the sixth (6th) highest winning percentage, ninth (9th) in overall victories with 114, and fifth (5th) for career dual wins with 50 for all UNI wrestlers. (UNI has more than 200 All-Americans, 41 national champions and 5 Olympians). A four-time NCAA tournament qualifier, Ryan was an All-American and a three-time top 12 finisher. He was also the Team Captain and three-time MVP for UNI Wrestling. After competing in college, Ryan turned his focus to the international style of wrestling where he placed sixth (6th) at the U.S. open. He also placed third (3rd) at the Universities and second (2nd) at the World team trials last-chance qualifier. He also coached the UNI wrestling team.

Ryan graduated from UNI in May 2014 with a BA in business administration and a certificate of entrepreneurship. He graduated with his MBA from UNI in 2017. Since 2009, Ryan’s experience in wrestling, coaching, and leading has involved:

  • DCA Head Coach
  • Pro MMA Fighter
  • San Francisco State Head Assistant Coach
  • USA Wrestling California State Coach
  • Panther Wrestling Club wrestler
  • UNI Panther Wrestling Coach
  • USA Gold Wrestling Coach
  • Loder Trained owner (his small business training at youth camps)
  • Granby Systems Wrestling Camps coach
  • Folsom Wrestling Camps coach
  • Granite Bay High School Wrestling and Football coach
  • UNI High School Wrestling Club

Apex would not have been possible without the help of so many people over the years.  A few have gone above and beyond and we would like to thank them. They are: Doug and Allyson Schwab, Ron and Kathy Loder, Richard Loder, Ronnie Loder, Randy Pugh, Tolly Tomson, Mark Schwab, Lee Roper, Benjamin and Billie West, UNI wrestling teammates, Panther Wrestling Club supporters, UNI wrestling supporters, Panther Scholarship Club supporters, Robert Cooley, Mike Lynch, Eric Oxford, Tim Smith, Cliff Fretwell, Jared Lawrence, Johnny Ray, and all the teams that let Ryan practice in their rooms growing up: Sierra College, Del Oro, Folsom, Roseville, Ponderosa, Vacaville, Oakmont, Rockland, Bella Vista, Oak Ridge, and Nevada Union.

We would like to thank the following people for their financial support and, more importantly, your encouragement of our mission to build better people through wrestling is truly appreciated.

  • Grandma Joan
  • Jaime Gray & Elite Takedown Club
  • Harry Headrick
  • Sandy Stevens
  • James Ryan
  • The Manski Family
  • Mike and Renee Ryan of Ryan Nutrition
  • Jennifer, Ray, and Chase Nutting
  • Jaime Wilson

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