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Coaching Staff

Jody Braden

Head Coach

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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, Western Zones and Junior Nationals, and one ended 2008 with a USA Swimming #1 ranking.  Sinc Jody's arrival PAC has sent swimmers to 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 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, 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. 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!

 
 
 
 



 

Tom W McLaughlin

Columbia Site Coach

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Tom has been involved with swimming for the past 26 years. Starting in 1988 as a parent, board member, Treasurer, President, Official (He was named Volunteer of the Year, for Alaska HS swimming, in 1996) and finally, as a coach with the North Pole Aquatic Club.

Before that he was involved with Nordic skiing, having coached with the Salcha Ski Club and
Alaska ’s Junior National Ski Team.  In his youth, Tom was one of the fastest H.S. 2 milers in Oregon state history. He swam for Max Strauss and the River Road Swim Team in Eugene.

Tom has coached swimmers to team records, State Championships, State records, Age Group Sectional wins, Zone times, NAG 16 times, and college scholarships. In 2010 and 2013 (staff), he was named the winner of the Excellence in Coaching Award for the state of Oregon. His oldest son, Brendan, swam for Duke and is now a lawyer/investment banker in NY. His youngest, Treg, swam for
Pacific Lutheran University and is pursuing a degree in Business while working in sales in Sandy, UT. Tom's wife, Mary, works in the sports apparel industry.

Tom is a retired elementary and middle school teacher from Alaska. Coach Tom has taught reading, first grade and kindergarten for PPS and occasionally subbed
 
 
 Desire      Determination    &     Dedication    (take you over every hurdle).

 
 


 

Jesse Raskauskas

Mt. Scott Site Coach

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Jesse’s competitive swim experience started in 1989 when as a seventh grader he got involved with the Corvallis Aquatic Team (CAT) He continued with CAT through his high school years. From 1990-94 he also swam for his high school team where he excelled in multiple events.

After high school he did not stray far from the pool. The year after graduating he stayed on as a coach for CHS, as well as life guarding and teaching swim lessons. In 1999 he moved to Portland to pursue an education degree at Concordia University and is now teaching elementary school.

Since moving to Portland he has coached the T hills Barracuda’s starting in 2000 and continuing to the present. He also coached for Sunset High School during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. In addition he now coaches the Mt. Scott Team. In his spare time he enjoys competing in Triathlons as well as long distance cycling.

 


 

Laurie J Kilbourn

SWCC Site Coach

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Laurie Kilbourn is the Portland Aquatic Club Swim Team site coach for at the Southwest Community Center, where she’s been with the team since August 2000. Since 1996, she has coached on deck at Total Immersion workshops around the northwest, and she works privately with adults and kids. She is a lifetime member of ASCA, the American Swimming Coaches Association.

 

“I love working with PAC’s newest swimmers!” She said, “When their strokes click and they start to realize their potential, the transformation is amazing. Seeing the pride in their faces, knowing they did it themselves, swells my own heart to the bursting point.”

 

Laurie has been a competitive swimmer for more than 30 years, and with technique changes, she’s still setting personal best times. With technique improvements, she went from being a sprinter and “dying on anything longer than 200 yards,” to being a well-rounded, any-distance swimmer. She swam in the 10,000 meter National Open Water Championship in 2000, and participated in the 2003 and 2008 Alcatraz Challenge (1.5 mile swim, followed by a 7.5 mile run across the Golden Gate Bridge and back), and she placing in the top ten  at the 2008 USMS long-course Nationals, competing in the 1500 free, 50 breast and 50 fly.

 

Laurie grew up in Portland and went to college at Portland State University and the University of Oregon, where she earned her degree in Journalism with a minor in Communication.

 


 

Dustin Dustin Schnelle

Mt. Scott Assistant Coach

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Hi my name is Dustin Schnelle and I’m Jesse’s assistant coach for PAC at Mt Scott. Swimming has always been a passion of mine ever since I was little. I use to spend the whole summers just messing around in swimming pools. It wasn’t until high school though when I tried competitive swimming. Form the moment I entered to the water on my first day I feel in love with the sport. I ended up swimming all four years for Rex Putnam High School. Which I lettered three out of my four years and found myself improving every year. In high school I also played three years of football. On top of all of that I played two years of lacrosse as well. I was actually the captain of the lacrosse team my senior year. From that experience I learned what it’s like to be a leader. After high school I ended up working at Mt Scott as a lifeguard and swim instructor. I was never fully done with the sport of swimming though. I went back to Rex Putnam to become the assistant coach along with joining USA Masters Swimming. I currently still coach Blue Makos at Mt Scott after coaching Summer Swim League. I’m still new to the whole world of coaching, but I feel that I bring a lot of new ideas to the table. I’m really looking forward to growing as a coach and watching the kids grow as swimmers as well.

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Zachary K Walker

Columbia Assistant Coach

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Zach swam for PAC, Grant HS and Puget Sound University graduating with a degree in Exercise Physiology.

He currently works for 24 Hour Fitness, coached @ Grant for Portland Parks and is saving $ for graduate school.

Charlie Ellertson

Senior Group Assistant Coach

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