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 among 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), 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 after 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!
Tom W McLaughlin
Head Site Coach Columbia Pool
Tom has been coaching for 34 years. Three as a HS basketball coach, 9 as a nordic ski coach (He helped coach two Junior Alaska ski teams to national titles.) and 22 years as an age group swim coach. His first nine years were with the North Pole Aquatic Club, in Alaska. The last 13 years he has coached with PAC. In 2010, Tom was voted by his peers the Coaching Excellence award. In 1996, he won the Volunteer of the Year award from Alaska HS swimming.
Tom has coached swimmers to records, state championships, AGR wins, top national times and spots on All-Star teams and Zones. Many of his swimmers have gone on to swim in college. His sons swam for Duke and Pacific Lutheran University. Tom swam for the River Road swim team in Eugene, OR.
Tom's wife, Mary, is Accts. Mgr. for PAC. In his spare time he walks, reads, golfs, follows the Ducks and does crossword puzzles. He is a retired elementary and middle school teacher. GO PAC!
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.
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 management/administration.