Shelly grew up in Seattle and swam for Cascade Swim Club and the University of Washington Huskies . She is married to Dan (a Husky Swimmer also) and has four children. Justine, graduated from Niagara University in 2009 where she swam for the Purple Eagles as she pursued a degree in Psychology with a minor in Statistics. She received her Masters Degree in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and currently works for Shell Oil and lives in Walnut Creek, California. Brett is a Sargent in the US Army, where he is a Blackhawk crew chief currently stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia. Jacob is attending Central Washington University and Mariah is attending Bowdoin College and swimming for the Polar Bears.
Shelly has 10 years swimming experience and 27 years swim coaching experience in a variety of settings. She came to the HRVST in 1996 and has been head coach since spring 2000. In that time she has coached swimmers at all State, Regional and National levels, including coaching Scott Bergstrom (200 fly) at the Olympic Trials in 2012. The past few years she has assisted Oregon Swimming as well by participating on the Board of Review and by helping to coach the All Star and Zone teams. In 2009 Shelly was awarded the USA Swimming ConocoPhillips Outstanding Service Award for Oregon, and the Oregon Swimming Coaching Excellence Award. She was the Oregon Swim Coaches Association Chair from 2011 to 2014, and currently is the Senior Chair for Oregon Swimming. Swimming is different to many local youth sports since our coaches are professional coaches on a salary. We take pride in the fact that our team provides funding for continuing education for all our coaches to keep them up to date on current coaching practices. Our assistant coaches also attend clinics and they all share a video library to keep working towards the same shared goals.
Lead Age Group Coach
Growing up in southern California, Mary Jane (MJ) Caswell enjoyed swimming competitively both as an age group participant and at the high school level.
While competing for the University of California at Irvine, MJ had the opportunity to teach swimming to all age group levels in addition to conducting introductory classes in competitive swimming.
Currently MJ and her husband Michael, enjoy training and competing for the Columbia Gorge Masters Swim Team. MJ especially enjoys the camaraderie and support of both the Masters’ group and the local aquatic community. Her favorite events are the 200 and 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, which were the shortest events she swam in college. Mj started coaching for the HRVST in 2006, where she enjoys working with the kids (and masters swimmers) and passing on her knowledge of the sport.
Ann has been a longtime masters swimmer with the CGM. She took the masters coaches certification class in May 2016, and started coaching with our team this summer. She currently coaches twice per week, sharing her love of the sport with her teammates.