Assistant Coaches

Shawn Malkou

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 is USAV Impact/SafeSport Certified and also has his BCAP certification.

Shawn currently runs all media relations at RPM Sand including social media management, website design, and brand strategy. He's been in the social media business since 2012 on various platforms.

When Shawn isn't coaching with us at RPM Sand, he is involved in the Mortgage Lending World as a Loan Officer!


Marc Townsend

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.

Marc has coached over 85 players that have continued to play Volleyball at NCAA Division 1 schools. On top of all that, Marc is married to Tammy Townsend and they have a daughter Ellie. Marc and Tammy own Custom Garage Floors Inc.


Kristen Rohr

Coach Kristen is the Head Beach Coach at Grand Canyon University.

Her GCU bio is below:
Rohr had been competing professionally in beach volleyball since May 2007, ranking as high as fifth in the country. She began her career with the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and has spent the last two years as a member of the National Volleyball League tour. During her career, she has had a 10-tournament win streak and been a member of the top-ranked team in Florida for the past five years.

Rohr graduated from Kentucky in 2005 with a degree in family consumer science. During her collegiate career, she was a four-year starter for the Wildcats and was named All-SEC and team MVP. She received her master's degree in counselor education from Capella University in 2011, graduating with a 3.8 GPA from the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.