Ryan Patrick Porte
Year Inducted: 2010
Born in Port Huron, he was outstanding in track at Ft. Gratiot Middle School, hit 34 home runs when 12 years old in the Ft. Gratiot Little League and made the Bantam AA Travel hockey team as a first year Bantam.
While attending Port Huron Northern High School, he excelled in three sports, was a two-time All-Area and All-League recipient in football. Ryan was a four-year letter winner in hockey at PHN and led the state in scoring/goals (33) during his senior year. He also earned All-Area and All-League honors in baseball two years. And, he hit .452 as a senior, leading PHN in RBI’s and runs.
Major Division 1 schools showed an interest in Ryan to play baseball and he was drafted by a junior hockey team out of Detroit, but he chose to attend Grand Valley State University on a scholarship and play football. He was a four-year starter at tight end. Ryan earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Football Conference honorable mention honors twice. He was asked to play baseball at GVSU every spring and did play his senior year as team captain. He declined the invitation to play on the Grand Valley club hockey team due to time constraints.
One of the Times Herald 50 All-Time Best Athletes in St. Clair County, Ryan has served as an Assistant Coach for the Port Huron Northern varsity football team, varsity hockey team and the Anchor Bay High School varsity hockey team. He will work with the Port Huron Northern hockey team this season and is on staff for “State Games of Michigan” where he will coach one of eight hockey teams (Team Central).
He helped the Port Huron Sharks and the Secory Flyers win multiple Class A modified softball state championships, and he was a member of the Secory Flyers 2005 team that won the 10-man modified national championship and was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Ryan resides in Ft. Gratiot with his wife Tracy and son Mitchell.