Tempe Junior Crew coaches are an elite group for an Arizona juniors rowing team. Our coaches have life-long passions for rowing and have competed and coached on multiple competitive levels.

Dr. Ryan Krch, Head Coach and Program Director

Coach Ryan Krch was initially a self-taught rower and started in the sport in July 1993. In December of 2009, he completed his USRowing Level I Coaching certification and Level II in 2012.

After joining Rio Salado Rowing Club (RSRC) in 1997, he was coached by Bulgarian Olympian Iskra Balchev in sculling technique. He was asked to join the club’s Board of Directors, working primarily on the boathouse committee, regatta development, and fundraising. Coach Ryan became the regatta director and developed what eventually became the Hot Head Regatta and the Desert Sprints. He started coaching for RSRC in 2002. In that same year, he launched RSRC’s first Junior Program. He has served as President of RSRC.

In the fall of 2009, Coach Ryan was asked to join Tempe Junior Crew to work with the novice juniors. His novice quad took Bronze at the prestigious and very competitive Brentwood Regatta in 2010. This quad went on to be the first novice TJC quad to qualify for the finals at SW Regionals.

In the summer of 2010, he became the head coach for Brophy College Preparatory Crew. He headed the Brophy program for 2-1/2 years. This program went from start-up to qualifying and competing at Nationals in 2 years, beating the prior mark for Arizona Junior Rowing programs by 3 years

In 2003, he stroked the men’s eight to a 3rd place finish in the B age group event at the San Diego Crew Classic; the largest west coast regatta. Also in 2003, he and his crew took gold in the Men’s 4+ at USRowing SW Masters Regionals. He was the 2009 and 2010 USRowing SW Regional Gold Medalist for the men’s single in his age group.

Coach Ryan coached his RSRC master’s crew at the highly-competitive 2010 SW Regionals. They took home more medals than any previous regional competition they competed in. He also competed at US Rowing Master’s Nationals and at the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston, MA 3 times.

Coach Ryan is a naturopathic physician in clinical practice for 10+ years and brings a strong emphasis on injury prevention, team development, sports nutrition, and sports psychology. He currently consults on health issues for private businesses and the public sector.

Imran Malik, Varsity Coach

Coach Imran Malik started his rowing career at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA during the team’s first season in 2012. Upon starting school at Arizona State University, Imran trained with Rio Salado Rowing Club his freshman year and raced a Novice 1x at Southwest Masters Regionals, placing 1st in addition to placing 2nd in a Men’s 4x. He joined the Arizona State team his sophomore year where he found his passion for rowing and being on a team.

In early 2015, Imran started coaching for Tempe Town Lake Rowing’s junior program and also assisted in masters’ learn-to-row and ergometer fitness classes. Upon graduating in 2016, he became the head coach for Arizona State. Since then, the team got noticed at San Diego Crew Classic, finally medaling at Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in numerous events, and competed and medaled at American Collegiate Rowing Association Nationals for the first time. Imran joined the Tempe Junior Crew coaching staff in the Fall of 2017. He has goals to take as many crews as possible to larger regattas with hopes to continue to grow the rowing programs in Arizona. He is also sponsored by JLRacing, a premier rowing apparel brand.

Imran still continues to train and compete in rowing. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Media Engineering from ASU. Currently, Imran is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Security from Regis University online. He is also an active member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus.

Lisa Culbertson, Varsity Coach


Nick Pederson, Summer Novice Coach

Coach Nick Pederson started his rowing career in the fall of 2015 when he started school at Arizona State University. Within the first few weeks of moving out to ASU, Nick felt the need to continue athletics in college, and that’s when rowing stepped in.

He joined the ASU Crew and has stuck with it for three years now. Nick has placed 1st three years in a row at the Arizona Indoor Rowing Championships in the Men’s Open category. In this past Spring 2018 season, Nick found much success with the ASU Crew. He won a bronze medal in the Men’s pair (2-) at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships in Sacramento, California. About a month later, Nick took that pair to the American Collegiate Rowing Associate National Championships in Gainsville, Georgia, also known as Collegiate Club Nationals. Representing ASU for the first time at this regatta, he placed second, earning silver medals. In addition, at the ACRA National Championships, he was named All American for the western region with seven other men. He was honored to be named one of 48 All-American men in the nation, at a regatta in which over 1700 rowers raced at.

In 2016, Nick was elected vice-president of the ASU crew. The following year, he moved up to become President of the club program. Nick has worked hard to build the ASU club rowing program, and establish a more recognized name across the nation. Now in his final year at ASU, Coach Nick hopes to continue the success found in the Spring 2018 season.