A treasured Father Ryan alumnus, former Irish basketball player and an Irish coach for more than thirty years, Coach Bontrager '81 has amassed more than 500 victories, one state title, three championship game appearances and more than a dozen Final Four trips during his 30-year career leading the Irish. He not only breeds success on the court, but in the classroom as well where 100% of his A.P. Calculus students have earned top marks five years in a row on the AP Exam. Mr. Bontrager, a Mathematics and Wellness teacher, came to Father Ryan just before receiving his Master of Science in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University in 1987. For his undergraduate studies, he attended Christian Brothers University. Mr. Bontrager is a member of Basketball Coaches of Tennessee, and he has led the Irish to Basketball State Champions in 1999 and 2002, and state runner-up winners in 1998, 2001, and 2009. He also received the Bishop Alphonse Smith Outstanding Teacher Award from Father Ryan in 2014. The opportunity to help young men learn and develop skills that will prepare them in life is what motivates Mr. Bontrager through coaching.