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.
Coach Shawn fell in love with the sport of volleyball his freshman year of high school at Brophy College Prep. Once graduated, he wanted to continue to immerse himself in the sport as best he can. Shortly after, he joined the RPM team and has been coaching with us since 2015. He even founded the Club Beach Program up at NAU. Shawn has a coaching national championship under his belt and is USAV Impact, SafeSport, and BCAP certified.
Marc has been around volleyball for quite some time. Some of his career highlights include how he played Mens Volleyball at UofA from 1988-92 winning a Natl Championship in ‘91. Marc also played beach volleyball at a high AA Rating level. He started his coaching career back in the ’90’s as the Salpointe High School Volleyball head coach where he led the Lancers to 4 State final fours and 2 state High School Championships in ’91& 94. He was the 5A South Region Coach of the year in ’92 ’93 ’94 and ’95 and was named AZ State coach of the year in ’93.
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.
Coach Kristen is the Head Beach Coach at Grand Canyon University. She competed professionally in beach volleyball since May 2007, ranking fifth in the country at one point. She began her career in the AVP and has played on the National Volleyball League Tour. During her career, she has had a 10-tournament win streak and was a member of the top-ranked team in Florida for 5 years.
Dr. Jim Afremow is a much sought-after mental game coach, licensed professional counselor, and the author of The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive (Rodale, 2014). He is the founder of Good to Gold Medal, PLLC, a leading coaching and consulting practice. Though his practice is located in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Afremow provides individual and team mental training services across the globe to athletes, teams, and coaches in all sports, as well as to parents, business professionals, and all others engaged in highly demanding endeavors.