Head Coach Jody Braden came to PAC in October of 2004 from the Bellevue Club where he was the head assistant coach. Since his arrival PAC has become one of the top 5 swim programs in the state of Oregon and number one in Portland . PAC swimmers have broken over 700 records and have won state titles at the 10 and Under Champs, 11-14 Champs, and Senior Champs. Also, PAC swimmers have competed and placed amond the top at the Northwest Section Age Group (three Champions in 2010) and Senior Sectional Championships (one swimmer finished 2nd in the 100 Fly in 2014 and qualified for Olympic Trials, another won Sr. Zones this summer), Western Zones and Junior Nationals, and one ended 2008 with a USA Swimming #1 ranking. Since Jody's arrival PAC has sent swimmers to Western Zones (age group and senior), NCSA Junior Nationals, USA Swimming Winter Nationals, Winter Junior Nationals, Summer Junior Nationals, US Open, and Summer Nationals every year.
Before coaching, Jody was a top swimmer in the Northwest and the world. He competed and placed among the top at Junior and Senior Nationals and the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials and was ranked among the top 10 swimmers in the world in the 400 IM. He was a USA National Team member in 1991-1992 and won a silver medal in the 400 IM at the 1991 Pan-American Games in Havana , Cuba . He was a 3 time High School All- American, 4 time NCAA All-American in college, winning the 400 IM at the 1991 Pac-10 Championships (3rd at NCAA's) and still holds two University of Washington team records and was inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame in 2006!
After the 1992 Olympic Trials Jody began coaching for the Bellevue Club where he became an ASCA level 4 certified coach (of the 5,000 registered coaches in the United States only 10% hold level 4 or 5 certification). He has coached swimmers to Junior and Senior Nationals (one swimmer set the national high school record in the 100 Breast afer swimming for Jody), top-3 placements at Junior Nationals, and numerous Pacific Northwest record holders, Northwest Section and Zone records (one was just broken in 2010)! He has had swimmers go on Division I Universities where they have competed and placed at the NCAA Championships, one setting an American Record in the 200 Medley Relay!
Jody oversees PAC’s seven experienced coaches in developing their training programs (PAC's staff has won the Oregon Swimming Coaching Excellence award twice during Jody's tenure). He is a demanding yet compassionate coach who expects a lot out of his swimmers in and out of the water while making the process fun and enjoyable! Jody stays involved with USA Swimming and Oregon Swimming serving as the Senior Chairman of OSI at this time and was the Northwest Age Group Chairman in 2002-2004.
Jody has been married to his wife, Debbie since 1997 and has two amazing children. Coach Jody's wife swam for Mt. Hood and Oregon State Univeristy excelling in the 500 Free and 1650 Free. in Jody's spare time he enjoys going to his kids sporting events or watching college and pro football with his family.
Tom W McLaughlin
Head Site Coach Columbia Pool
Tom has been involved
with USSwimming since 1988 when his sons began swimming with
the North Pole Aquatic Club, in Alaska. First he was a board
member, then treasurer, VP, and finally president of the club.
He also was a referee of swim meets and was chosen as the
Volunteer of the Year , in 1996, for high school swimming in the
state of Alaska.
In 1993 he began coaching for NPAC under the tutelage of Bob
Solow, a renowned age group coach. Their best finish at AGR
was 12th place. He was the head coach from 2000-03.
Tom has helped swimmers win state championships, set team records,
win at AGR, make Zone teams, place in national rankings and go on
to college to swim. Many are now married and living successful
Tom joined PAC in 2003 and since then we have made big strides
in becoming one of the top teams in Oregon. In 2010, Tom was
chosen for the OSI Coaching Excellence Award and in 2013 the
PAC staff was chosen again for this honor.
Before coaching swimming Tom was an athletic director,
basketball coach and a nordic ski coach with the Salcha Ski Club.
He helped coach Alaska's Junior National ski team to two
Alaska Cup titles (the best in the nation) and also was asked to
help with nordic races which determined the Olympic team for
Tom is a retired teacher. His oldest son swam for Duke
and is now a lawyer/banker in NY. His youngest son lives in
Utah and swam for PLU.; he is in sales. His wife, Mary, is
accts. mgr. for PAC and previously worked 17 years for adidas.
In his spare time Tom golfs, does crossword puzzles, reads, and
walks 60-90 minutes/day. At age 60, he can still do 10 pull-ups! Go
Head Site Coach Mt. Scott CC
Jesse has led the program
at the Mt. Scott pool site and served as an Age Group Coach for
Portland Aquatic Club since 2002 and his favorite thing about
working with the Mt. Scott swimmers is that it doesn’t feel
like work at all. He loves all the enthusiasm and energy that the
swimmers bring to practice and shares their joy when they achieve
personal records in the pool.
Jesse’s love of
swimming started early. He grew up with a swimming pool in his
backyard and soon became involved in competitive swimming and
triathlons. Jesse began his competitive swim experience in 1989,
when as a seventh grader he dove into the lanes of Osborn Aquatic
Center as part of the Corvallis Aquatic Club (CAT). He later swam
four years for Corvallis High School, excelling in multiple events
including freestyle, backstroke and relays, and finishing out his
senior year in 1994 as team co-captain. Jesse spent many years
working as a lifeguard, camp counselor and swim instructor, and
giving swim lessons and realized a talent for teaching others both
in and out of the pool. After high school, he stayed on as an
assistant coach for CHS.
In 1999, Jesse moved to
Portland to pursue a degree at Concordia University. After
receiving his bachelor’s and master’s of teaching from
Concordia, Jesse is now an elementary school teacher in the David
Douglas School District. This will be his 10th year as a classroom
teacher, of mostly kindergarten students, around the Portland
Jesse coaching resume
also includes coaching the Tualatin Hills Barracudas Swim Team from
2000 to 2003; and he was part of the coaching staff for Sunset High
School for the 2001-02 and 2002-03
Jesse lives near the Mt.
Scott pool with his wife Jamie (they met through their shared love
of swimming - both lifeguards), their one-year-old son Franklin,
and two enormous labradoodles named Winchester and Macguyver. In
their spare time, they enjoy lazy days on the river - paddle
boarding, taking the dogs out for run on the river bank, and
spending time outdoors with the family sailing, hiking or
Laurie J Kilbourn
Head Site Coach SWCC
Laurie Kilbourn is the site coach for PAC at the Southwest Community Center/SWCC, where she's been coaching since August 2000. Laurie has another five years previous coaching experience before joining PAC’s staff.
Enthusiastic and encouraging, Laurie believes everyone can improve his or her swimming. “Growing up, I spent years in the slow and medium lanes before breaking into the fast lanes," she said. "I know how each speed feels and what it takes to get to the next level.”
Laurie uses video analysis and in-water drills to assist swimmers in improving their stroke technique. She loves helping swimmers succeed!
Laurie has been a competitive swimmer for roughly 35 years, beginning in the age groups, through high school and as an adult at the masters level. She plans to compete at the World Masters Games in 2016. In addition to masters swimming, Laurie took up triathlons in 2010, and she qualified for USA Triathlon Nationals in 2014. She hopes to complete a full Iron-distance triathlon in the next few years.
She is a lifetime member of ASCA, the American Swimming Coaches Association.
Assistant Senior Coach at Dishman
Charlie really got his
swimming career going when the team acquired a new head coach -
Jody Braden. Since then, Charlie truly fell in love with the
sport. Due to hard work and commitment, within less than two
years of training, Charlie and his brother were in Orlando with
Jody competing at Junior Nationals. After high school he
graduated from Oregon State University. He then returned to
Portland and worked at Portland Community College. During
this time he met a woman (now wife) and found a job he really loved
- coaching swimming. Coming back to the sport was a pleasant
surprise, realizing he truly missed swimming. Working
alongside his mentor as a youth is proving to be a very rewarding
experience. Aside from coaching, he enjoys biking and
spending time with family.
Zachary K Walker
Assistant Coach Columbia
My name is Zach, I've been coaching for 3 years, 2 with PAC. I
am a former PAC swimmer and a collegiate swimmer at the University
of Puget Sound. I graduated in 2013 with a degree in exercise
science and I am planning on graduate school for sports
Dustin Dustin Schnelle
Assistant Coach Mt. Scott
Assistant coach Dustin Schnelle works with Jesse at the Mt.
Scott pool site. He does a lot of work with the bronze and silver
level swimmers, but he also enjoys working with the whole team as
well. Dustin has been coaching with the Portland Aquatic Club since
2011 and before that he also coached many different swim team
programs for Portland Parks and Recreation.
Dustin's passion for the water started very early age with
numerous swim lessons and the endless hours of swimming in backyard
pools. It wasn't until high school till he decided to give the high
school swim team a try his freshman year and that's when he found
his love for competitive swimming. He would letter in swimming
three of his four years; as well as lettering in football and
lacrosse. After high school he spend time life guarding and
teaching swim lessons at Mt. Scott pool. Dustin is currently
enrolled at Portland State University were he is pursuing a degree
in Computer Engineering.
Some of Dustin's favorite times with the Portland Aquatic Club
are watching his swimmers succeed. He wants to make sure that every
swimmer has a reason for coming to practice and has personal goals
to help keep them driven. It's always great to see the beaming
smile of a swimmer after they achieved something that they might of
seen as hard or impossible. He believes that it's all about setting
up different sized goals to help swimmers achieve long term
When Dustin is not coaching or in school he enjoys spending his
time in the outdoors, fishing, coding/programing, hiking, camping
and spending time with his family. He also still enjoys also play
lacrosse on occasion as well.
Assistant Coach SWCC
Hello my name is Emma Duffy and I am the assistant coach at the Southwest Community Center, along with Laurie Kilbourn. I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, in the heart of South West Portland. I swam for Wilson all four years of high school and went to state on two occasions. As a child I began swimming during the summer with Portland Parks & Recitation summer swim league; where I fell in love with the beautiful sport of swimming. Afterword’s I ended up joining the Columbia Willamette swim team where I swam for a little more than nine years. After the end of my club career and high school graduation I moved to North Carolina to attend as well as swim for Mars Hill University in the Appalachian Division II conference. Moving to a completely new area was both very exciting and scary, before attending university I had never left the North West region. During the coarse of my collegiate swimming career I have made many memories that I will cherish for years to come. In my spare time, I love to hike the North West and spend time with my family and friends.