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 two years, the team has seen tremendous improvement and growth. A few highlights include:

  • Olympic Trials qualifier
  • National top-10 times
  • World 100 18-Under Qualifier
  • High School All-American
  • Nevada State Champions
  • Far Western Champions and Far Western High Point winner
  • Multiple Pacific top times
  • 17 Reno Aquatic Club records
  • When Evans started, RENO only had two Sectional qualifiers. Now the team has one Olympic Trials qualifier, two Junior National qualifiers, three Futures qualifiers, and ten Sectional qualifiers
  • The team has grown 50% 
  • 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 also coaches the National and Seniors groups 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 (evansrenoac@gmail.com).

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 Pre-Senior and Orange 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, Chase and Ian, who are members of Reno Aquatic Club.

Susan Schraeder - Head Development Coach and Senior Assistant 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. In addition, she assists with our Senior group. Her versatility is a big asset to RENO.

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 youngest, Gabe, is a member of Reno Aquatic Club.

Michelle Peirce - Age Group Coach

Coach Michelle Peirce comes from a swimming family. Her mom was head coach in Carson City while Coach Michelle was growing up and swimming. In high school, her family moved to Reno and she joined Reno Aquatic Club.

Coach Michelle earned an opportunity to swim for the University of Nevada. Unfortunately, an injury cut her swim career short, but this allowed Coach Michelle to transition from the water to the pool deck. She spent many years coaching different ages and abilities.

Coach Michelle has been an educator for the Washoe County School District. Her background as a teacher really helps her connect with and coach our younger swimmers. She currently coaches our Blue group.

Head Coach, Ryan Evans, commented on Coach Michelle:

“Michelle does such a great job with the kids. She really cares about each child improving in the water, but more importantly, she cares about them as individuals. She is always eager to learn more about swimming and improve as a coach. I am really excited to have Michelle on the coaching staff. I know she’s going to make a positive impact on many RENO swimmers."

Lauren Evans - Dryland Coach

Coach Lauren Evans has an extensive athletic background. She was a former Division-I two-sport athlete at Furman University (cross country and tennis) and has owned her own endurance coaching business, EFAST, for the last 7 years. While running at a high-level, Coach Lauren was coached/mentored by legendary USA Track and Field coach, Joe Vigil.

Coach Lauren brings a unique perspective to the sport of swimming and RENO. Her expertise in endurance sports allows her to bring a fresh perspective and ideas to high-level training.

Coach Lauren leads the dryland/strength workouts for the National group and provides coaching in other aspects of our swimmers’ lives like nutrition, sleep, recovery, and more.

Head Coach, Ryan Evans, commented on Coach Lauren:

“Lauren does an outstanding job making me a better coach. Her background in other endurance sports helps me think outside the box when it comes to swim training. With Lauren leading the dryland training, we have seen significant improvement with the swimmers athleticism out of the pool which translates to faster swimming in the pool. She is an amazing asset for our swimmers and coaching staff.”