18 & Under World 100s
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Excellence 300

Julie Belflower - Interim Head Coach/ Head Age Group Coach

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Head Age Group Coach, Julie Belfower, brings over two decades of high-level age group coaching to Reno Aquatic Club. Prior to being named Head Age Group Coach of Reno Aquatic Club in the fall of 2019, Coach Julie was the Development Director and a Age Group coach for Clovis Swim Club, one of the premier swim teams in the entire country. While coaching for Clovis Coach Julie helped develop several swimmers nationally ranked in the top-10 including multiple number 1 in the USA for their age group. Julie also developed several Jo High point and event champions as well as multiple Western Zone qualifiers.

Before joining Clovis Swim Club in 2016, Coach Julie coached at Texas Ford Aquatics, Fort Worth Area Swim Team, and Riptide Aquatics. Prior to coaching, Coach Julie was a very accomplished swimmer earning an athletic scholarship at Fresno State and she obtained her 2000 Olympic Trials time standard.

Coach Julie’s responsibilities include overseeing the curriculum and coach development for RENO’s age group program and day-to-day coaching of the  Pre-Senior group.

During her time as Head Age Group Coach with RENO, Julie has taken the lead on restructuring the age group program and providing training and mentorship for the age group coaches. Julie's success with the age group program was on full display when RENO won the 2021 High Country Championship. RENO doubled the amount of points the 2nd place team scored.

Head Coach, Ryan Evans, commented on Coach Julie:

“RENO is very lucky to have such an experienced and qualified coach to lead our age group program. Julie has decades of experience developing very successful swimmers. I really value her commitment to her swimmers. She does a great job teaching proper stroke technique, creating curriculum for our groups, and challenging our swimmers to be better in and out of the pool. She also brings an element of fun to the pool deck that always has her swimmers enjoying their time in the pool and leaving with a big smile on their face.”

Coach Julie and her husband, Ben, have two boys, Ian and Chase. Ian is a member of Reno Aquatic Club.

Jim Stretch Senior Coach

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Jim grew up in the midwest and at age of nine Jim began swimming competitively in AAU and later USA Swimming . Jim began coaching in 1984 at the University Club in Lansing MI and began officiating swimming meets after graduating college. Jim loves coaching and enjoys working with all levels of swimmers. He focuses on building a solid stroke technique while developing a foundation that will serve athletes over the course of their swimming career.  He has helped novice/youth athletes develop and reach all levels of motivational time standards and higher level qualifying meets including Sectionals and Pacific Swimming (LSC) All-Star's.
Jim recently moved to RENO and spent the summer of 2021 at Bowers Mansion Pool.  Before relocating here Jim was active in Zone 1 North of Pacific Swimming as a parent/volunteer, official and a Coach.  Jim served as a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Swimming as the Chairman of Pacific Swimming's Zone 1 North from 2015-2019.  Jim was Zone 1 North Secretary 2019-2021 and is currently the interim Secretary of Zone 1 North.

Prior to joining RENO, Jim was most recently the Head Coach of Mavericks (MAV) in Half Moon Bay. From 2013-2019 Jim was the Head Coach of Bulldog Swim Club (BSC) growing the team from 24 to 140 athletes and leading the club from 108th to 28th rank in the Pacific Swimming LSC.  He also previously helped athletes develop at Burlingame Country Club (2008-2010), Carlmont  H.S (2012), Crystal Springs Uplands School (2018-2021) Menlo School (2019-2020) and Half Moon Bay High School (2012, 2020, 2021).


Nicole Adamson Novice Director/White Group Coach

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Nicole graduated from Reed High school in 2018 and is currently in her senior year at the University of Nevada, Reno. Nicole is a former competitive swimmer for the Sparks Piranhas Aquatics swim team, she swam with them from 2011-2017.

Coaching: Nicole has been coaching since 2017. She coached with Sparks Piranhas swim team from the summer of 2017 through the spring of 2021. Nicole has gained experience coaching both novice groups and age group groups. She started coaching for RENO in April and is currently head of the novice program and coaches Orange and White groups.

Personal: In Nicole’s spare time she likes to swim, spend time with family and friends and likes to go on hikes around the area.

Benny Nagy - Age Group Coach

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Coach Benny is a former Reno Aquatic Club swimmer and is now a member of the coaching staff. She was a very accomplished swimmer with RENO and after graduating from McQueen High School, she earned an opportunity to compete for University of Nevada women’s swimming and diving team. She is currently a sophomore at UNR.

Having progressed through RENO’s age group program as a swimmer, Benny has tremendous knowledge on what it takes to have long-term success in the pool. She’s able to learn from her experiences to help guide and mentor current RENO swimmers.

Hannah Pienkioski-Mini/Blue Group Coach

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Coach Hannah has recently graduated from AACT High school and is continuing her education at University of Nevada Reno.  She swam competitively for the Sparks Piranhas for 12 years, then began swimming for RENO,  before getting the amazing opportunity to begin her coaching career.
This is her first year coaching for RENO. She started late August and previously taught swim lessons for numerous years. She is currently working with the novice program, and is super excited to see the swimmers grow and improve in and out of the pool!
In her spare time, Hannah loves to spend time with her friends, go on hikes, and spend time outdoors.