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.
Tyler Jourdonnais was born and raised in Montana. In 1983 he graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon living with a host family. He then attended the University of Arizona on a swim scholarship graduating in 1988 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Since this time he has been a commercial real estate appraiser and owned his business since 1994. Tyler has also began several business pursuits that include a gemstone trade with a previous office in East Africa (Arusha, Tanzania) and travels through Africa, Brazil and other countries. Given many past adventures he is now settled into Reno since 2008 working his appraisal business. In the summer of 2014 he began coaching with the Reno Aquatics Senior and National Groups specializing in dry land, speed and power training.
Tyler's notable past swim accomplishments include Oregon High School records, consolation finals U.S. Senior Nationals, U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier 1984 and 1988 (only participating in 1984), and several masters swimming world records. Tyler was also a water polo player having been selected to the 1991 Olympic Festival South team and playing several masters world championship matches.
Swimming is a sport for life providing so many critical life lessons while building life long relationships. I am fortunate to have been in a swim family as the youngest of five kids. I honor the families today that find the same importance in this sport. Thank you and lets TRAIN STRONGER SMARTER FASTER!
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.
Becca Chappell is entering her 6th season with RENO Aquatic Club and serves as the Orange Group Coach and Business Manager. Becca began her coaching career in 2005 at the Carson Valley Swim Center teaching swim lessons and coaching for the Douglas Dolfin Swim Team in Minden, NV. Becca joined the RENO Aquatic Club coaching staff in 2012, where she led and coached two age group programs and developed 21 JO, 10 Far Western, and three Senior Zone qualifiers. Becca is currently entering her third season as Head Coach at Reno High School, where she coached the team to a Regional Title in 2013. Becca, along with all RENO coaches, is a certified USA Swim Coach who maintains her CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety certifications, as well as working on her ASCA level 3 certification.
Becca grew up in Minden, NV where she joined the Douglas Dolfin Swim Team at the age of 8. She trained under coaches Sarah Davenport and Kat Matheson, who continually inspire her passion for this sport. Becca attended and graduated from Douglas High School in 2008, where she was swim team captain two years in a row. Becca later moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied Secondary Education.
I am Susan Schraeder a native Nevadan born and raised in Reno. I started swimming at the age of 8 on the Sparks Piranhas and continued until high school where I swam for Coach Norm Cipriano at Hug High School from 1986 – 1990, all four years and succeeded in holding 8 of the 10 school records… many of which are still standing. During those high school years I swam for Coach Joe Lesar at the Silver State Stingrays (no longer around) where I would come directly from high school practice (they had year-around practice in those days) to club practice. Because I was responsible for my own dues I coached the 1st level for the Stingrays as soon as my practice was over. My coaching experience started at the age of 17.
Coach Joe Lesar made some phone calls to college coaches and pushed me to think about swimming in college. I chose to swim for Coach Jim Reitz at UNLV from 1990/91 – 1994/95, a Division I university where a solid group of Reno area swimmers were recruited. I walked-on my first year (no money), but through hard work and perseverance I earned a full-ride scholarship for the breaststroke events. During the summer months I would come back to Reno and swim for Reno Aquatic Club for Coach Ed Spencer. I would lifeguard at Sun Valley Pool and teach swim lessons to make extra cash. I graduated in 4 years and 1 summer with a degree in Health Education and the job of Health Educator at the Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas.
My second coaching position was the Head Coach for Sparks High School in 1995 which I held for 2 years with Coach Norm. I then started teaching for WCSD in the Aquatics Program where a group of coaches would teach swimming to high school students taking a learn-to-swim class or swim training class through their own high schools. We would have about 100 students in this program year-around. I taught in that program starting in 1997 and continued until the program was cut in 2011. I also started coaching for Wooster High School in 1998 and continue to coach for Wooster currently.
In 2001 I started coaching for Reno Aquatic Club and have coached continuously throughout the years. During my time coaching for RENO I have coached at every level and group from Mini Reno through the National group. From 2008 – 2013 I earned the Head Age-Group Coach position. Throughout this time I had swimmers in the national top 16 in their age group, for two years in a row, two swimmers placed as the top three 10 – Under’s in Pacific Swimming, High Point Winners at Far Westerns, sectional qualifiers at the ages of 11 and 12. My favorite part though is watching swimmers overcome obstacles and thrive in the sport of swimming.
I stepped down from the Head Age-Group Coach position when I returned to teaching for the WCSD full time and there was not enough time to coach full time and teach full time. I absolutely love coaching swimming and love the position I hold for the school district. Currently, I am a behavior interventionist at Traner Middle School and am finishing my last class for my Master’s degree. I have two boys that are on RENO and a supportive husband that allows me to do it all.
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.
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