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Ryan was a 3-time All-State selection at Lowell High School, (Lowell, IN) during his prep career. In his 3 year varsity career, he hit 30 homeruns and set school records in nearly every offensive category. His career batting average is among the top 5 all-time in the state of Indiana. Ryan then went on to play 3 years at Michigan State University. At MSU Ryan earned All- Big Ten Tournament Team honors as a freshman, and All-Big Ten Conference honors his sophomore and junior years. He was voted team MVP two out of his three years at MSU. After his junior year, Ryan was drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2006 MLB draft. After an injury kept him from playing in the Blue Jays organization, Basham (or “Bash” as his teammates referred to him) played 5 years of independent professional baseball. He spent time with the Florence Freedom (Florence, KY), the Joliet Jackhammers (Joliet, IL), and the Windy City Thunderbolts (Crestwood, IL). During his professional career, Ryan was named the 2007 Frontier League Rookie of the Year and 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game MVP. His professional career stats include a .285 batting average, 453 hits, 50 home runs, and 102 doubles. Ryan’s coaching experience began at Hanover Central High School (Cedar Lake, IN) where he served as an assistant coach in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, he made the move to college baseball, serving as the hitting and outfield coach for Robert Morris University – Chicago for two seasons. In 2011, the Eagles won a conference title, finished 2nd in the CCAC in team batting average and home runs, and 1st in RBI. In 2012, the Eagles once again finished 2nd in batting average and home runs and 2nd in RBI in their conference. Ryan has been providing private instruction for over a decade. In this time, he has had the privilege of working alongside and learning from many talented coaches and instructors. His instruction career began at Dave Griffin’s Baseball School in Griffith, IN. He has also worked with Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training, and former Major Leaguers John Cangelosi, Dean Anna, as well as the legendary Bo Jackson at the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Lockport, IL.
Since moving to Indianapolis in 2013, Ryan has become the most sought after hitting instructor in the area. Each year, he provides private lessons for hundreds of players of all ages. He also holds camps and clinics for several local Little Leagues, designs and facilitates training plans for multiple travel teams, and is the head coach of his own high school travel team. Ryan opened his own training facility, Basham Baseball, LLC in Whitestown, Indiana, in 2017. Ryan is also the creator of the website Baseball Made Fun, a free resource for youth baseball coaches.