McKelvie Hired as District Athletic Director in Chelan

The Lake Chelan School District is pleased to announce that Ryan McKelvie has accepted the District Athletic Director position recently vacated by Scott Paine. McKelvie recently resigned his position with the Wenatchee Wild and is leaving a very successful 15 year-long hockey career.

Paul Baxter, former NHL player and coach, took on the director of hockey operations position for the Wild in 2008. He immediately hired Ryan as his associate coach to begin building the program. When asked why McKelvie has been so successful not only with the Wild organization but in all his past career opportunities, Baxter commented “Ryan has the innate ability to understand people from a relational standpoint”. Baxter went on to say “He is all about developing the people around him, making them the best they can be and much less about promoting himself. When you emphasize making people in your organization the best, your student athletes become their best.”

McKelvie worked with Baxter for two seasons, building the original Wenatchee Wild team, before leaving Wenatchee for opportunities to coach at the NCAA level. In 2014, McKelvie returned to the Wild organization, where he was tasked with starting the Wenatchee Wild Development Teams as well as taking on the head coaching role. During McKelvie’s tenure, the Development Teams have grown from having just one 18U team, into a full club that operates teams for elite players ranging from 12U-18U. By all measurable statistics, his Tier 1 teams have been the top programs in the Pacific Northwest over the past couple years.

McKelvie’s first day on the job with Lake Chelan School District is August 1st. He is excited to begin his new job and grateful for the opportunity to work for the Lake Chelan School District. He is looking forward to making an impact not only in the district athletic program, but also in the Chelan community. Ryan and his wife Megan have two boys, a six-year-old and a three-year- old.


Submitted by Barry P. DePaoli, Superintendent.

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