Ryan Dupre is a junior entrepreneurship major with a management minor. He is from Parkland High School in Allentown.
Q: What was the driving force behind your decision to come to Wilkes?
A: What really drove my decision to come to Wilkes is that I had an opportunity to play football as a freshman, and also Wilkes offered my major of interest which is entrepreneurship along with being able to get an MBA in only one year.
Q: What are your hopes for your next season as a Colonel?
A: My only hope for this upcoming season is that we are able to put the final pieces together and click as a team. We have a lot of talented players and will be a dangerous unit once we get rolling. This being my last season ever, it would be great to go out winning some games and to help contribute to the rise of the program.
Q: When and why did you first begin playing football?
A: I first started playing football in first grade with former athlete of the week Tanner Stengel. I grew to love the game and have been playing ever since.
Q: Do you have other sports, interests, or hobbies off the field?
A: I enjoy long walks on the beach, golfing, hunting, traveling, hanging with friends and Amy Beckwith.
Q: Who would you say is the most influential person in your life? Why?
A: I would have to say my father is the most influential person in my life. He is the most selfless person I know, and has taught me many things that I will carry with me the rest of my life. It took me till later in life to truly appreciate that I was never forced to participate in any sports or activities. He has always encouraged me to work hard, but has never forced or pushed me to do something unlike most parents. He told me one day that he did this so that I would be able to find a self-desire in my interests, which allowed me to be able to motivate myself and therefore have true love for the game, which I believe I have.
Q: Is there a quote you live your life by?
A: “What we do in this life echoes in eternity”– Gladiator.
Q: What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?
A: It means be a savage. Guys or girls, live your life to the fullest and achieve everything you want to. Beat King’s!
Q: If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?
A: I would want to have dinner with Walt Disney.