Pleased to welcome Ryan Nelson to the Navigate team as our new Manager of Client Strategy!

Ryan joins Navigate with an extensive background in collegiate athletics, having taken on a variety of roles across a range of institutions. He brings direct experience in transforming data into actionable insights, most notably showcased by his leadership of analytics strategy for the University of Wisconsin’s football program. During his time with the Badgers, he led them in prospect evaluation, performance analysis, opponent scouting, in-game decision making, and injury analysis. He also has held various coaching stints across the football programs of University of Michigan, University Northern Colorado, and University of Wisconsin.

Prior to his time as an analyst and coach, the Ann Arbor-native was out on the field himself. Ryan formerly played football at the University of Michigan as an outside linebacker as well as a safety, after making the team as a walk-on. Now, Ryan brings his passionate sports background back to Navigate after originally making his mark on the company as an intern in the summer of 2021.

In his time outside of work, Ryan enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and reading. Given his extensive background as both a player and coach, it’s safe to say that football is still a love of Ryan’s. He also enjoys a round of golf, and is always looking for the next opportunity to refine his swing.

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Ryan enjoying the outdoors with his dog, Oatie