Ryan Doherty was born February 2, 1984 in Toms River, NJ. Doherty currently lives in Fountain Valley, CA and trains out of Hermosa Beach, CA. Doherty attended college at Notre Dame, but did not play volleyball. Doherty was a collegiate baseball player and was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Doherty played three seasons in the minor leagues from 2005-2007, where he became the tallest minor league pitcher in history at 7’1”.
Doherty made his AVP debut in 2012 at Cincinnati. 2013 was his most successful season on the tour yet, finishing with three top-3 finishes and six top-10 finishes. Doherty is currently sponsored by ProYo High-Protein Frozen Yogurt and will team with Nick Lucena for the 2014 tour.
2015: Doherty formed a partnership with John Mayer, and the duo’s six semifinals in the seven AVP events was the most on Tour. They won in Seattle after knocking off the top three seeds and also finished second three times. Doherty and Mayer ended the year as the Tour’s top-ranked pair, and Doherty was second in hitting percentage (.504) and sixth in blocks per set (1.60). They played in six FIVB events, advancing from the qualifier four times, with a best of fifth in Long Beach.
Favorite thing about beach volleyball:
The technical and athletic skills required to play, the beautiful locations, the fans/fellow players that create the great vibe. You can’t really pick just one, beach volleyball really is greater than the sum of its parts.
Underwear model. (No, wait. I’ve already done that) How about freelance travel writer? (Damn, done that too) Professional baseball player? (Check) Rock-star/scientist? (Okay, haven’t done that…yet).
Who are your role models?
My role model is my mother. Strong person who raised my brother and I by herself, I feel as if my ability to work hard and sense of doing the right thing comes from her.
What motivated you to pursue Volleyball?
When I retired from baseball, I didn’t have a competitive outlet. I ended up finding the sport of beach volleyball by sheer luck, and this was right around the time that Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers were dominating. I remember watching this skinny 6’9 guy doing incredible things on the volleyball court, and it gave me confidence that this could be a sport that I could thrive at. Now, about nine years later, I have had the chance to play with Todd Rogers for a season and consider both Todd and Phil to be friends; crazy how things work out sometimes.
What is the most rewarding piece of advice you ever received?
“Life isn’t a dress rehearsal.” We don’t get a second chance, (as far as we know) so there is no reason not to go after things that make you happy. If your gut tells you that you should do something, jump in with both feet. Worst thing that can happen is that you fall short of your goal while pursuing your passion, which is a lot better than never trying in the first place.