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), 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 swimming for the past 27 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 as
a coach with the North Pole Aquatic Club (94-03), where he gained
valuable knowledge from Bob Solow.
Before that he was involved with Nordic skiing, having coached with
the Salcha Ski Club and
Junior National Ski Team. In his youth, Tom was one of the
fastest H.S. 2 milers in Oregon state history; he ran one year
at the U of O. Tom 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
is a salesman in Sandy, UT. Tom's wife, Mary,
worked in the sports apparel industry and now is Accounts Mgr.
Tom is a
retired elementary and middle school teacher. He taught for 21
years in Alaska and has taught reading, first grade and
kindergarten for PPS. He has coached with PAC
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Head Site Coach Mt. Scott CC
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 2000-05. He also coached for Sunset
High School during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. Coach Jesse has
had the opportunity to coach PAC at Mt. Scott Team since 2003. In
his spare time he enjoys having adventures all over Oregon with his
wife, son, and two dogs.
Laurie J Kilbourn
Head Site Coach SWCC
Laurie Kilbourn has had the pleasure of coaching the PAC
swimmers at SWCC since August 2000. With 20 years experience
coaching swimming, Laurie is also a Total Immersion-certified
coach, and she is a lifetime member of ASCA, the American Swimming
Coaches Association. She's been a competitive swimmer for
roughly 35 years, initially in the age groups, through high school
and currently at the masters level. Now she enjoys triathlons
She grew up in Portland, taking swim lessons after school instead
of going to after-school care, because both of her parents worked.
When she outgrew the lessons, she swam for a local club. She also
volunteered by assisting the swim-lesson teachers with the
She readily admits that when she was younger, she was an average
swimmer. "I thought it would kill me to race anything longer than
200 yards," she said. But she was proficient in all four strokes,
and that had value when she attended Jefferson High School, where
swimmers of any skill level were rare, so she kept at it.
During her college years at Portland State University and at the
University of Oregon, she swam in her spare time, mostly without a
coach, but she wasn't getting any better and she was injuring
herself. About to quit swimming, she signed up for a swim
clinic in November 1996. As it happened, a few days before the
clinic, she slipped on ice and needed stitches in her knee. Instead
of swimming, she walked along the deck, offering help and coaching
when needed, seeing people swim through new eyes and celebrating
every bit of progress as it unfolded before her. She was hooked!
And that's when her coaching career really began.
"The next time I got in the water, I tried to replicate what
I’d seen," she recalled. "Immediately I noticed a difference,
as if finally, I was using body posture and balance to my
advantage, instead of fighting the water." The power of better
Swimming became enjoyable again and began to take a larger role in
her life. After taking a Total Immersion clinic, she was invited
back to coach their weekend- and week-long workshops. When her
athletic club needed a swim coach to run their age-group team, she
took the job, and when the chance arose to join PAC, she jumped at
the opportunity, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Enthusiastic and encouraging, Laurie believes all of us can improve
our swimming. "I’ve spent years in the slow and medium lanes
before breaking into the fast lanes," she said. "I know how each
speed feels and what steps are needed to get to the next
In addition to masters swimming, Laurie took up triathlons in 2010.
Last season, she won her age group in the Beaver Fever triathlon,
placed second in the Hagg Lake tri, placed 10th in the Waikiki 2.4
mile Roughwater Swim, and won the Lake Oswego 5K run. She hopes to
complete a full Iron-distance triathlon before she turns 50. Stay
Zachary K Walker
Assistant Coach Columbia
Zach started swimming
in the fifth grade for Park Rose Swim Club. In high school he swam
for the school team and eventually joined Portland Aquatic Club his
senior year. After graduating from Grant High School he attended
The University of Puget Sound where he swam all four years while
earning a degree in exercise science. After graduating in 2013 Zach
worked for a year at 24 Hour Fitness as a personal trainer. He now
helps coach at Columbia Pool assisting coach Tom. While coaching,
he is also looking for a position as a physical therapy aide so
that he can apply to graduate school for physical therapy.
Assistant Senior Coach at Dishman
Charlie started his swimming career as a member of the Portland Parks and Rec summer swim league. His mother signed him and his two siblings up as a way to have an hour of peace without her kids. When Charlie turned 13 he decided to join PAC (reluctantly). He spent his days in the pool hiding underwater on the wall hoping the coach would not see him. This resulted in a very mediocre if that swimmer. But the tides turned when the team hired a new coach - Jody Braden. This was half a year after he turned 16. Luckily for Charlie, who wasn't faster than many 12 year olds, was put in the senior group, hence with Jody. This was mostly due to the other coaches not wanting to deal with his antics. Jody immediately changed his perspective and attitude towards swimming. From that point he continued to improve rapidly. Within a year and a half, Charlie and his brother Robert were hanging out in Florida for Jr. Nationals. To this day he still loves swimming. When he is not at the pool coaching or cutting meat at New Seasons Market, he enjoys biking and is an avid movie goer.
Dustin Dustin Schnelle
Assistant Coach Mt. Scott
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.