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Reno Aquatic Club Coaching Staff

 Brian Holm serves as Head Coach and National Group Coach for Reno Aquatic Club.  Brian is an ASCA Level 4 coach, lifetime member, and public speaker.  Brian began his coaching career in 1991 for summer teams in Walnut Creek.  Brian was the Head Coach at Las Lomas High School (1999 – 2001) and the team saw finishes in the top 3 during each of these years in the Northern California Section (NCS), and took 1st place in 2001.  During his tenure at Las Lomas, Brian started his own spring clinics and fall USS programs at Dewing Park which ultimately led to his hiring as Head Coach in Roseburg, Oregon in 2003.  In Oregon, Brian coached swimmers who achieved success and were World Ranked, U.S. Ranked #1 and Top 10 in United States, Olympic Trial Qualifiers, National Finalists, Pacific Northwest Senior and Age Sectional Champions and Record Holders, Oregon State Record Holders and Champions and age group swimmers on the US Top 100 list of all time.

Brian moved to Reno in December 2013 and previously coached in California with the Pleasanton Seahawks.  Brian coached the Pre-Senior Group with the Seahawks which was an elite group of 11-13 athletes.  Under Brian’s guidance with the Seahawks, the Pre-Senior group, key achievements included all four 11-12 boys short course relays ranked in the USA Top 10 and set a National Relay Record and two Pacific Relay Records.  Brian also coached individuals to achieve a Pacific Record, Team Records, and Pacific All Star Records.  Brian had swimmers reach USA Swimming Top 20, with swimmers ranking 1st and swimmers in the US Top 100 of all time.  During the 3 seasons with the Seahawks, Brian had swimmers that were selected to Pacific Swimming All Star teams, which include the following: Pacific All Stars, Zone All Stars, Western Zones, and North American Challenge Cup.  In addition, under Brian’s training, the Seahawk Pre-Senior’s had majority of the swimmers achieve Junior Olympics Times, Far Western Times and achieve Pacific Recordable Times.  Brian was also nominated for Pacific Age Group Coach of the year during 2012-2013 season.

Brian is competitive and challenges his swimmers every day.  He teaches the importance of discipline, focus, and accountability with the philosophy of specificity vs. generality.  Brian believes every task in practice has a specific purpose and goal directly correlating to each race.

As a competitive swimmer himself, Brian saw numerous accomplishments including: National Record holder in the 17-18 Boys 200 Free Relay, California Junior College State Champion, U.S. National Relay Finalist, U.S. Open Individual Finalist, earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Hawaii, WAC 800 Free Relay Gold Medalist, WAC All American, U.S. Masters Pacific Championship Individual High Point recipient and U.S. Masters National Record Holder.

Brian graduated from De La Salle High School in 1990 as a high school All American, ASB President and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2012 (1990 Swimming and Diving Team).  He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Diablo Valley College and his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University Hayward.  Brian has lived in Northern California most of his life and loved coaching in the Bay Area for its incredible weather and being able to experience recreational activities in California and in Tahoe.  Being a skiing enthusiast and loving the mountains Brian jumped at the opportunity to lead the Reno Aquatic Club and enjoys living in the city of Reno.  After 20 years of coaching Brian has found his final home to finish out his career and love for outdoors and looks forward to building a successful program for many years to come.


 Angel Skelton attended Douglas High School and is currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno while pursuing his degree in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology.  Angel started teaching swim lessons in Minden at the age of 16 and began sub coaching for the Douglas Dolfins before moving to Reno. Angel has coached children ages 4-18 and has also coached and trained adults on how to swim all four strokes properly and legally.  Angel has been the Head Swim Coach for Galena High School since 2010 and has helped lead and develop over 40 High School Regional Championship qualifiers with many continuing on to become Nevada State Championship qualifiers. Angel led the Galena Grizzly Girls team to a third place finish at High School State Championships in 2013.

Coach Angel has been with Reno Aquatic Club since June 2012. In his time with Reno Aquatic Club he has helped in the process of growing and changing the Senior Division from 2 swimmers to 16 swimmers. The Senior Division boasts multiple Junior Olympic and Far Western Qualifying swimmers with goals to further develop and improve the entire division.

Coach Angel is excited about swimming and is excited about sharing his love for the sport with up and coming swimmers as his squad continues to grow in numbers. It is Angel’s goal to develop and prepare each swimmer to be competitors and leaders both in and out of the pool while still having fun and enjoying themselves throughout their swim career.


 I am Mike Ryder and I started my career in 1998 while filling in as an assistant coach for  Lakeridge Swim Team.  After one year of coaching, I was offered a position with Reno Aquatic Club.  While with the club I coached and mentored the White and Great White groups for three years, during this time I was also the Reed High School Swim Team coach.   In October 2013,  I was approached by then, Reno Aquatic Clubs Head Coach Craig Charlson and was offered and accepted the job of head age group coach.   This job has been a career dream of mine and I love every minute of it.  Since 2009 I have also been the assistant coach for the Sierra Nevada Masters Swim Team and the founder and head coach of the Sage Ridge High School Swim Team.

As a swimmer, I began swimming in Arizona at the age of 7 and continued until I was 18 years old.    In 1978 I moved to Reno and began swimming again in 1996 for Sierra Nevada Masters.  I am a member of a national record holding distant freestyle relay team and I have been ranked in the top 10 in both national and world rankings also swimming as a national champion in open water events.   I enjoy doing ultra distant  swims for charity events and I am one of the few swimmers that have swum both the width and length of Lake Tahoe.  My entire life I have been involved in many sports like marathon running, ski and bike racing but swimming is my passion and I hope to continue coaching for the rest of my life.



 Darci Cummings grew up in the Reno area swimming for Reno Aquatics. She has been involved with Reno Aquatic Club for more than 20 years. After graduating from high school, she began her coaching career with RAC, high school swimming and water polo coach. Darci brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge regarding swimming and the philosophy of Reno Aquatics.

Darci is a graduate of UNR and received a degree focusing on Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently a preschool teacher at Lion and Lamb Preschool. Everyday Darci brings a fun and energetic attitude toward teaching and the sport of swimming. One of her teaching philosophies is to work hard, while having fun doing it.


 Nikki Castagnola started her coaching career in 2003 while teaching private lessons to the children in the neighborhood. Nikki has coached all age groups including two year olds, high school, and adult swimmers.  However, Nikki’s true passion is teaching the young novice swimmers how to swim.  Nikki began coaching for RENO Aquatic Club in the fall of 2006.  She has had the pleasure of influencing many young swimmers who have gone on to swim at the college level.

Nikki started swimming at the age of 4 years old. Nikki swam for Coach Norm at both McQueen High School and RENO Aquatic Club. While swimming at McQueen High school Nikki was a team captain.  Nikki graduated in December 2009 with a degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.


 Jayme Van Erden grew up just outside of Washington DC where she began swimming at the age of 5 in the NVSL. Swimming year round through the end of high school, she trained and competed with York Swim Club and the Potomac Marlins.  She attended Clemson University on a Rowing scholarship for 2 years, and then went back to swimming after a 6 month move home, with Machine Aquatics. She finished her college career swimming at Clemson University for 2 years. After college, Jayme took a two year break and then hopped back into the pool as a Masters Swimmer with Reston Master in Reston, VA.  Moving to Reno in January of 2013, she began swimming with Sierra Nevada Masters and continues to train and compete in meets and open water swims.

Her coaching career began at the age of 13 for her summer swim team with the Mini swimmers. She coached for the Fairfax Station Flyers for 7 years, eventually becoming the assistant coach. Also, at age 15 she began coaching a year round mini swimmers program with the Potomac Marlins. In college, Jayme spent 2 years coaching for Clemson Aquatic Club in South Carolina. After college, she returned to DC to coach younger swimmers at Machine Aquatics and a winter training program for a summer league team in the area. Jayme joined Reno Aquatic club in the summer of 2014 - she is currently with the White group on Wednesdays.




Coaching Staff