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
Columbia Site Coach
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
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
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
Desire Determination &
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Mt. Scott Site Coach
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
Laurie J Kilbourn
SWCC Site Coach
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
“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
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
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.
Zachary K Walker
Columbia Assistant Coach
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.
Dustin Dustin Schnelle
Mt. Scott Assistant Coach
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.