Founder & Director of Instruction
Ryan was introduced to volleyball by his 7th grade PE Teacher, Mrs. Lorenze, and he never looked back. Since 7th grade, Ryan has volley-ed across the world. He was the #1 ranked indoor recruit as an Outside Hitter. He went on to play at Cal State Long Beach where he was an NCAA leader in aces and digs. Ryan played professionally overseas as an Outside Hitter and Setter for 6 years – 3 in Austria and 3 in Switzerland. In 2005, Ryan transitioned to the beach. By 2006, Ryan was ranked in the top 20 in the United States overall and top 5 defensively. Ryan maintained a spot in the top 20 through the 2012 season. In 2013, Ryan fell in love with coaching, and decided to pursue coaching full-time. Ryan came out of retirement to compete in the main draw for the 100th time in the 2014 AVP Milwaukee Tournament. Beach Volleyball Database Bio
Coach Nick was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona and has been with RPM Sand since it was founded in 2013. In 2005, Coach Nick got his start as a coach and had an immediate impact helping lead Sinagua High School to it’s first, and only state title game. Since then, Nick has coached at pretty much every level imaginable. Whether it was running USA Indoor and Beach High Performance tryouts, winning 3 Junior Beach National Championships at 3 different age levels with 3 different teams, or sitting in the box of a main draw on the AVP Tour. Nick has also had the opportunity to be a scout for former Olympians as well as Olympic hopefuls with RPM’s professional and international coaching staff.
When Nick doesn’t have his hat and sunglasses on in the sand, he’s busy as a Spanish teacher at Sandra Day O’Connor High School. Coach Nick’s background in teaching is a key component to his success on the sand. Coach Nick also has extensive playing experience both indoor and on the beach having competed in multiple AVP qualifiers over the years as well as finishing top 4 at the USA Volleyball’s Men’s Indoor National Championships in 2006. While volleyball is his absolute passion, his family is what is most important to him. Talking about his nephews Henry and Lincoln as well as his nieces Eleanora and Penelope will always bring a smile to his face.
Danko grew up in Varna, Bulgaria where he started playing volleyball at age 11. He graduated from Rutgers University where he played as an Opposite and Outside Hitter for 4 years on a scholarship. He’s been playing Beach Volleyball competitively in California since 2005. Dank achieved first place on the Bulgarian Tour in 1998. Danko has also maintained “AAA” rating on the CBVA tour since 2006, where he won the Cal Cup Tournament in 2009.