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As they do for every game, Pam and Phil Ryan showed up Saturday for UE’s game — their son Colt Ryan’s senior day at the Ford Center.

Colt Ryan’s parents had two kids — older brother Gavin and sister Emily — before naming the Aces’ future leading scorer and his youngest sister, Fawn.

One after a male horse. The other after a young deer.

“My parents really just loved the names,” Ryan said. “My dad is actually — his mom is from the Philippines, and he really liked Indian names. My older brother and my older sister were going to be ‘Running Bear’ or ‘Pocohantas’ if he could have said it, but my mom was like, ‘We’re not naming our kid that.’

“So he kind of liked animal names. I don’t know if that had any influence on it. I’ve always asked, and they just say those are names they liked.”

Emily is a former University of Southern Indiana volleyball player, and Fawn wrapped up her sophomore season with the Screaming Eagles last fall.

Ryan’s parents, Pam and Phil, have made it to every game this season, both at home and on the road.

Phil works as a chauffer at a Batesville, Ind., car service. Pam took a job last year as a CPA and works sometimes out of Cincinnati.

“One of her main requirements was, ‘I’m going to be gone sometimes, so I need to be able to work from home because I’m going to be traveling to (Colt’s) games,'” Ryan said. “It means a lot that they’d change their lives to accommodate mine.”

Ryan will in all likelihood earn first team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors for the second year in a row when the teams are announced Tuesday. He’s a former MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Aces’ second-all-time leading scorer and points leader in all four seasons.

Look for more on Ryan — and what’s made him who he is as the Aces head into the MVC tournament — in a Courier & Press story this Thursday.

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