Reno Aquatic Club Coaching Staff
Ryan Evans - Head Coach
Reno Aquatic Club has been a very important part of Coach Ryan Evans's life since he started swimming with the team at the age of 7. He was a member of RENO for the next 15 years and represented the team at several Senior and Junior National Championships.
After graduating from Bishop Manogue, he continued his swimming career and graduated from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, he was named Team Captain for his senior season and was awarded the outstanding team leadership and Big Ten Sportsmanship awards.
Ryan’s coaching background is quite diverse. He spent two and a half years as a student volunteer coach with the University of Nevada women’s swim team (2005-2007), he was an assistant coach with RENO (2010-2011), the Head Coach for the Bishop Manogue swim team (2017 - current), and he has coached adult triathletes for the last 8+ years. He was hired as Head Age Group Coach for RENO in October of 2017 and was named Head Coach in January of 2018.
Reno Aquatic Club has been a huge part of Ryan and his family’s life. All of his siblings swam for RENO, his parents spent many hours volunteering at swim meets and served on the RENO Board, and his uncle, Norm Cipriano, was a RENO coach for four decades.
“Swimming and Reno Aquatic Club has had such a positive impact on my life. I am looking forward to coaching and sharing the benefits that this sports provides with the next generation of RENO swimmers,” said Evans.
Outside of coaching, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and their daughter, Alta, (he has a son due in March of 2018), and he is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.
Melanie Klaren - Assistant Coach
Coach Melanie is a former All-American and a 2-time Captain for the Cal Golden Bears. Klaren, a backstroke and freestyle specialist from Laguna Niguel, California, comes to Reno after a year with Duke University as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 season. The year saw both the Duke men's and women's programs score at the NCAA Championships. The regular season saw the Duke program make history as both squads defeated North Carolina in dual meet action. The men topped the Tar Heels for the first time since 1939 and the women for the first time in program history.
Prior to her retirement from swimming at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Melanie represented the United States at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea and scored at all four NCAA Championship meets. As a senior, she took third in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 200-yard backstroke and captained the squad to the 2015 NCAA Team title. She was also a scorer in both backstrokes when the Golden Bears won the 2012 Team title. Klaren graduated in 2015 with a degree in history.
“I am extremely excited for this new opportunity and to be closer to my family, who has since moved to Reno, Nevada. My age group swimming years under the Mission Viejo Nadadores and Irvine Aquazots were crucial to my future successes in college, and I am thrilled for to help promote this sport in such an exciting and up-and-coming area for swimming,” Coach Melanie says.