The Reno Aquatic Club has announced Ryan Mallam as its new head coach. He replaces Brian Holm as the team’s head coach.
Mallam comes to the club ranks from the college level, where he’s spent the last two seasons as the associate head coach at Arizona State. There, he was the first hire by Arizona State head coach Bob Bowman, who was also the head coach of the 2016 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team (and longtime personal coach to Michael Phelps).
“Ryan has a way of looking at swimming with fresh ideas and viewpoints,” Bowman said of his former assistant. “His skill of vocalizing those innovations to the athletes is second to none.”
Mallam left Arizona State just over a month ago.
Prior to Arizona State, Mallam spent 2 seasons as associate head coach for the Texas A&M, and for 3 years before that he was the head coach of Indian River State College – the top Junior College program in the country.
As an athlete, Mallam swam at South Carolina, where he was a 4-year letter winner and qualified for the U.S. Open Championships. After finishing his undergraduate work, he completed his law degree at the John Marshall Law School.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to coach at Reno Aquatic Club,” Mallam said. “I look forward to getting back to club coaching, working with the staff, and meeting the athletes in the coming weeks.”
The announcement coincides with the Reno Aquatic Club’s celebration of its 45th anniversary. The team is recognized as a bronze medal club, making them one of the top 200 clubs in the country.
The full press release from the club is below:
August 9, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ryan Mallam will become the new Head Coach of Reno Aquatic Club in Reno, Nevada September 1, 2017. 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 ASU 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 meeting the athletes in the coming weeks.”
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 also graduated with a law degree from John Marshall Law School. Ryan enjoys running marathons and playing the guitar. He has a son Levi and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Arrow.
The swimmers and families of Reno Aquatic Club are excited to bring Ryan to Reno to continue the great traditions and swimming excellence with Reno Aquatic Club. He will bring his strong coaching background, his innovative techniques, fresh perspective and strong leadership skills to Reno Aquatic Club. We look forward to his arrival and having him on deck soon.
Reno Aquatic Club is embarking on its 45th anniversary and has received Bronze Medal recognition through USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program.