about me Ryan Donovan

Where I'm From:

I've lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts my entire life. Geographically, it is one of the largest towns East of the Mississippi River thanks in most part to the Myles Standish State Forest. Despite the amount of land it has, there are only about 60,000 residents in America's hometown. It's quiet, but not too quiet.

Plymouth is also part of the South Shore which includes surrounding towns like Marshfield, Duxbury, Scituate, Pembroke, and Hingham. It's approximately 45 minutes from Boston, but is also a quick ride over the bridge away from Cape Cod (quick until Memorial Day weekend at least, then good luck). Plymouth is most well known for it's place in history, however. The Pilgrims inhabited Plymouth in the year 1620 and there are many commemorations and museums documenting their history. Naturally, that history has made it a hot spot for tourism along with beautiful beaches and a bustling downtown scene overlooking the ocean. It's a paradise in the summer, but I wouldn't lie in saying that it's a typical New England town in the winter. Nonetheless, I'll be forever grateful for the town that raised me.

A picture of the Mayflower II (replica of the original Mayflower used by English colonists) inside of Plymouth Harbor. Credit: Bob Lindsell
Top Left: A statue of Chief Massasoit located in downtown Plymouth (Credit: midgefrazel). Top Right: A jetty on Plymouth Beach (Credit: The Paessels). Bottom Left: Plymouth Plantation (Credit: WalkingGeek). Bottom Right: Plymouth Rock (Credit: Bob Linsdell).


A family photo after my high school graduation in 2014

I am the oldest of four children. My sister Erin (blue dress) attends Salve Regina University and my other sister Kayla is a junior in high school. My little brother, the youngest of the Donovan Clan, is finishing middle school this year. My mother is an elementary school special needs teacher and my father is an engineer.

I also take more pride than I should in being the tallest in the family. Those days may be numbered though because my little brother is catching up quickly.


I love anything sports. Watching, playing, gambling, listening, talking about. My favorite teams include the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. I also love college sports although I don't have a favorite team. However, I do follow UMass and Boston College athletics very close. Sports pretty much consumes my life, but I certainly don't have a problem with that.

I'm also a big television and movie guy. Of my friends, I'd consider myself, and I think they'd agree, as the resident TV guy. I'm always looking for and exploring new shows and I'll pass them along to my friends if I deem them worthy. Sometimes, if a show is good enough, we'll have a watch party and discuss our thoughts and theories afterward. Let's just say I don't take my programs lightly.

Because I live in a beach town, I spend a lot of time there. I'm spoiled in the fact that I get sick of it after a while, but there is nothing better to me than spending a day off with friends in the sand or with my family on our little boat. My father, little brother and I always make it a point to go fishing in the harbor at least a few times in the summer.

The captain of the Donovan ship is my father

Dennis Beach in Dennis, MA down the Cape at my grandpa's house. Pictured is my father and my grandpa.

My little brother soaking up some sun on the sand bar

A wave crashing onto Whitehorse Beach in Manomet, a seaside village located in South Plymouth

My future:

I'm a junior sport media major here at UMass and hope to one day become a coach and a high school athletic director. For now, I work with the UMass football team doing film and video as well as social media and recruiting. I am looking forward to next season, also my last here on campus, as I'll finally be able to travel to away games.


Created with images by Bob Linsdell - "Mayflower II, Water St, Plymouth (493628)" • midgefrazel - "Massasoit Statue" • the paessels - "Plymouth Beach" • WalkingGeek - "Plithmouth Plantation" • Bob Linsdell - "Plymouth Rock, Water St, Plymouth (493640)" • Mike Lizzi - "Tom Brady - New England Patriots" • mariselise - "greg monroe jared sullinger" • dherrera_96 - "Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox" • Dan4th - "2009-11-28 Senators at Bruins (43)" • E Vön Zita - "NetFlix Envelope"

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