|Ryan C. Jobes|
April 12, 1986 - December 20, 2005
The late Ryan C. Jobes was inducted into the Mid Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame on June 11, 2016. Jobes, a model of hard work and determination was humble, modest, unselfish as well as a fierce competitor during his running career at Williamstown HS (WV) and the University of Richmond before an accident claimed his life at the age of 19 on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 (See also "Reflecting on Ryan Jobes-And The Band of Brothers He Formed").Jobes led WHS to back-to-back state track & field championship titles in 2003 & 2004. He won four events (the 400M, 800M, 1600M and 1600M Relay) in each of those years and was the state's high point scorer each year with 32.5 points.
In addition to the track, Jobes lettered in basketball, tennis and cross country while at Williamstown, but his running earned him a scholarship to the University of Richmond, where he continued his track and cross country career, placing third in the 800M as a Freshman at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Conference Track & Field Championships and being named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week twice.On December 20, 2005, Jobes was tragically killed in an automobile crash following finals while headed home from Richmond for the Holidays. In his honor, the Ryan C. Jobes Memorial Scholarship was created while a December road race and spring track meet at Williamstown both carry on his legacy by bearing his name.
"If we're not careful we can easily lose ourselves in the abyss of what could have been...what should have been...or what would have have been instead of remembering what was."---UR Head Coach, Steve Taylor who accepted the award on behalf of Ryan and his family.
|September 18, 2004|
University of Virginia Invitational
|September 4, 2004|
Spider Alumni Open Cross Country Meet
|Ryan Jobes and Hunter Willis at 2005 Preseason XC Camp|
|2005 Fred Hardy Invitational 4X400M Relay|
|Spiders 2005 PreSeason XC Camp|
It was a tough and at the same time a joyous evening given Ryan's induction...The opportunity to see so many friends, former teammates, coaches and Ryan's parents and family was something I looked forward to for months and wish could have lasted longer. There will always be a comfort in 'home' and the Mid-Ohio Valley is home. Yet many of us struggle with all the questions that remain surrounding Ryan's accident and losing him at the age of 19. It's not easy to this day...still find it difficult...and I struggled to hold it together delivering an acceptance speech on his family's behalf. I know I certainly do not have the answers and still wish I could make sense of 'why' and 'what' and deliver it in an enlightening way, but that too is not possible. Losing an athlete is without question the hardest thing I've experienced as a coach. It does not fade and still it is a fear that can consume joy...For Ryan's family I'm sure December 20 will always dark day. I've come to realize...maybe, just maybe...for now, we are not supposed to understand.
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."
As a coach and former athlete, I've never had much tolerance or patience with or for the undriven person...In my career I've been fortunate to work with several motivated and competitive athletes, like Ryan. Those athletes who have "it" and those who test their limits while breaking through personal and community barriers are both the reason coaches coach, but yet they are less common than one might think. My high school coach (Jerry Rea) used to tell us, "You're only as good as your last race". There's much truth in the statement and I believe Ryan made the best of each opportunity and tested his own limits through the field of competition.
Until now, something I have only shared with my wife in the 10+ years since his accident...In the last meeting I had with Ryan, I sat in my office and asked him several questions related to running, personal decisions and his goals. One of those questions was, "How do you want to be remembered?" He didn't answer right away, he just looked at me for a few moments and then he said, "I don't know, I guess I just want to be remembered."
We do Ryan, we do.