Rex Ryan (born December 13, 1962 in Ardmore, Oklahoma) is an American football head coach for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He is the son of former Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals head coach Buddy Ryan and is the twin brother of Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.
Ryan knew that he wanted to become a football coach as early as age 6.
When his parents, Doris and Buddy Ryan, divorced in 1966, Rex and his twin brother Rob, moved with Doris to Toronto. In 1974, they moved back to the United States to live with their father.