18 & Under World 100s
Pacific Swimming
Level 1

Ryan Evans - Head Coach

Ryan Evans was named Head Coach of Reno Aquatic Club in January of 2018. Over the last three years, the team has seen tremendous improvement and growth. A few highlights include:

- When Evans started, RENO only had 2 Sectional qualifiers. Over the last three years, RENO has developed 1 Olympic Trials qualifier, 3 USA Swimming Winter Junior National qualifiers, 7 Futures qualifiers, 14 Sectional qualifiers, and 27 Senior Western Zone qualifiers

- 2nd place in medium-team division and 3rd place overall for women at 2021 Spring CA/NV Sectional Championships

- National Top-10 times, World 100 18-Under Qualifier, High School All-Americans, and one Pacific LSC record

- Far Western, Nevada State, and Sectionals indvidual champions and high point winners

- 50 Reno Aquatic Club records; 347 RENO Top-10 times

- Evans was named Pacific Zone-4 Senior Coach of the Year for the 2018/2019 season

- Evans is a Level 4 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Coach in both Achievement and Education categories

As Head Coach, Evans is responsible for the overall coaching, development, and direction of the team. He coaches the National group on a daily basis. His goals for the team and swimmers include:

- Establish RENO as a premier team on the West Coast.

- Every swimmer that progresses through the program has an opportunity to continue swimming in college.

- Developing fast swimmers but, more importantly, helping swimmers acquire life skills that will make them successful beyond the pool.

As a swimmer, Evans competed for Reno Aquatic Club for 15 years. During his time on RENO he competed at Junior and Senior Nationals and was named a High School All-American. Evans attended the University of Iowa and swam for the Hawkeyes. While at Iowa, he was the captain of the team his senior year and won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Evans is a graduate from the University of Iowa and has a Masters of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.

Outside of the pool, Evans enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren and their two children, Alta and Michael.

Please feel free to contact Coach Evans via email ([email protected]).


Julie Belflower - Head Age Group Coach

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 for Clovis Swim Club, one of the premier swim teams in the entire country. While coaching at Clovis, Coach Julie helped develop several swimmers ranked top-10 in the USA for their age group. ​

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 Senior and Pre-Senior groups.

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.

Susan Schraeder - Head Development Coach

Coach Susan Schraeder is a Reno native with deep roots in the aquatic community. Coach Susan has over twenty years of coaching experience. She has coached all levels of swimmers and has made a tremendous impact on several RENO swimmers. Coach Susan was the main age group coach for RENO’s two Olympic Trial qualifiers in 2016, Donna dePolo and McKenna Meyer. 

Growing up swimming in Northern Nevada, Coach Susan earned an opportunity to continue her swim career at UNLV. She began her collegiate career as a walk-on and eventually became a big contributor to the UNLV program.

Coach Susan is currently our Development Director, working with swimmers who are brand new to the sport.

Head Coach, Ryan Evans, commented on Coach Susan:

“Susan has a deep love for the sport of swimming and it shows when she’s on the pool deck. She does an outstanding job connecting with each swimmer and helping him/her find their true ability in the water. She is a very versatile coach. She does an excellent job working with beginners all the way through our senior-level athletes. I am very thankful to have Susan on the RENO staff.”

Coach Susan and her husband, Gary, have two boys. The oldest, Dante is a member of the RENO coaching staff and her youngest, Gabe, is a swimmer for Reno Aquatic Club.


Brendan Kibala - Age Group Coach

Coach Brendan Kibala is a Northern Nevada native. He started swimming for the Sparks Piranhas when he was 12-years old and was terrified to dive head first into the pool. Despite a late start in the sport, Brendan had a successful career. He was awarded his team’s Legacy Award which recognized the impact he made on his team and the contributions he made as a leader to the younger swimmers. In addition, he qualified for the Summer Sanders and Washington Open meets and served as team captain for Reed High School during his junior and senior seasons.

Before joining RENO, Brendan coached with the Sparks Piranhas for two years. He worked with a wide variety of ages and experience levels.

When asked what Brendan most enjoys about coaching, he said: "I love coming to practice each day and getting the opportunity to work with athletes that have a passion for the sport that I love so much. I enjoy getting to get to know my swimmers and hear about their lives both inside and outside of the pool. I never leave the pool without a smile on my face because I know that my swimmers grow both as athletes and as individuals each day they come to practice...and I know they have fun doing it. I also love to watch my team showcase its hard work and dedication at meets!" 
Head Coach, Ryan Evans, commented on Coach Brendan:
"I am excited to have Brendan join the RENO staff. His experience as a swimmer and coach will be a great addition to the team. He has a passion for learning and that will greatly help him continue to be a successful coach. He does a great job connecting with and caring about each swimmer in his group. I look forward to him helping shape the next generation of RENO swimmers."
Outside of the pool, Brendan is a senior at the University of Nevada. He is pursuing a degree in economics, Spanish, and international affairs. When he is not coaching, he enjoys to traveling, lifting weights, and spending time with his friends.


Benny Nagy - Age Group Coach

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.
Head Coach, Ryan Evans, commented on Coach Benny:
"When I briefly coached with RENO in 2010, Benny was a swimmer in the team’s age group program. I remember her enthusiasm and joy when she was swimming. Now as a coach, the same enthusiasm she had as a young swimmer translates to her coaching. She does a tremendous job working with our newer swimmers in the Blue group, and I am looking forward to her helping our swimmers continue to improve."