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. The oldest, Justine (29), 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 27 and a Sargent in the Army, where he is a Blackhawk crew chief currently stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia. Jacob, 20, is attending Central Washington University and Mariah, 20, 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
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. This is
MJ's third year coaching for the HRVST, where she enjoys working
with the kids (and masters swimmers) and passing on her knowledge
of the sport.
Columbia Gorge Masters Head Coach
Keith Ebbert calls the Gorge home having lived in Carson, Underwood, White Salmon and Hood River in his formidable years. Keith began his swimming career in the White Salmon municipal pool, we all know and love, and his first competative meet and disqualification was performed at The Dalles Invitational in 1983. His 15 year long swimming career took him to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a swimming scholarship where he received both his BA in International Business and a Master of Community and Regional Planning. Keith and his wife Jamie have a two young sons, Charlie and Cassidy .
Keith's best events were the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Individual Medley. His senior year in High School he broke the Oregon state records in each of these events, but came in second in the 200 I.M. As a collegiate athlete he participated at the NCAA meet in both of these events and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 Butterfly. Keith has trained and competed against a number of well known Olympians including World Record Holders and Gold Medalists like Penny Haynes, Peter Jackson, and Adam Pine. Keith joined our team in 2010 and is excited to be part of the Hood River Columbia Gorge Masters program and can't wait for them to "experience the burn."