Reno Aquatic Club Coaching Staff
Ryan Mallam - Head Coach and Senior Group Coach
Since 2015, Ryan was Associate Head Coach for Men's and Women's Swimming at Arizona State University. Ryan worked with the combined men's and women's teams at ASU under Head Coach Bob Bowman and was Coach Bowman's first hire at ASU. “Ryan has a way of looking at swimming with fresh ideas and viewpoints. His skill of vocalizing those innovations to the athletes is second to none,” Bob Bowman, 2016 Head Men’s Olympic Swimming Coach/Head Coach Arizona State Swimming and Diving.
Prior to Arizona State, Mallam was Associate Head Coach for Men's Swimming at Texas A&M University from 2013 to 2015. Prior to A&M, Mallam served as the head coach of perennial NJCAA powerhouse Indian River State College from 2010 to 2013 and led the men's and women's teams to three NJCAA National Championships. Ryan is a coaching innovator and swimming technique guru and has taught clinics at the national level on technique and sprinting using fresh and creative ways to swim fast.
While successfully coaching at the collegiate level, Ryan has also offered clinics and camps for age group swimmers. As the Head Coach and owner of Mallam Swim Clinics, Ryan uses drills and techniques used by collegiate and pro swimmers to motivate age group swimmers.
Mallam says, “I am extremely excited for this opportunity to coach at Reno Aquatic Club. I look forward to getting back to club coaching, working with the staff, and coaching the athletes.”
Ryan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration where he was a four-year letter winner and qualified for the US Open. Ryan enjoys running marathons and playing the guitar. He has a son Levi and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Arrow.
Ryan Evans - Head Age Group Coach
Coach Ryan Evans started swimming with Reno Aquatic Club at the age of 7 and was a member of RENO for the next 15 years. He represented RENO 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), he is the current Head Coach for the Bishop Manogue swim team, and he has coached adult triathletes for the last 8+ years. He has also been a personal trainer since 2012. Ryan and his wife Lauren own Fizio, a fitness center and athlete recovery lounge in Downtown Reno.
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, and he is 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 the opportunity to learn under Ryan Mallam and to help promote this sport in such an exciting and up-and-coming area for swimming,” Coach Melanie says.