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All of our coaches have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States, and we are here to support your swimmer.

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.   From USA Swimming, please read this link on the Coach-Parent Relationship.

Coaching Staff

Shelly Rawding

Head Coach

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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 (26), 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 in Houston, Texas.  Brett is 25 and has enlisted in the Army, where he is a Blackhawk crew chief currently stationed in Germany. The youngest two, Jacob and Mariah, are seniors in high school and will graduate in June 2014. 
 

Shelly has 10 years swimming experience and 25 years swim coaching experience in a variety of settings.  She came to the HRVST in 1996 and has been head coach since spring 2000.  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 and the Oregon Swimming Coaching Excellence Award. She currently is in her third year as the Oregon Swimming Coaches Association Chair.  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.
 

MJ Caswell

Lead Age Group Coach

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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.  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. 

Keith Ebbert

Columbia Gorge Masters Head Coach

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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."

Kelly Cunningham

Age Group Assistant Coach

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Carolyn Fick

Age Group Assistant Coach

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Sue Harrington

Age Group Assistant Coach

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Sue grew up swimming in lakes and didn’t discover competitive swimming until 9th
grade when, thanks to Title IX, she joined the boy’s swim team for a year. By her
senior year, a girl’s swim team had formed, but the distances were short – 25 and 50
yard races! At the University of Rochester, the swim coach suggested Sue join the
team after catching her do some laps. Sue swam all 4 years in college. Her team had
an undefeated season her freshman year, with Sue being a key member of the final
winning (but slated to lose) relay, and a 40 – 4 record over the 4 years. Sue’s main
individual events were (and still are) the 50 and 100 breaststroke and freestyle.
Renowned swim guru Bill Boomer was the head coach of the UR teams and Sue had
many intensive stroke instruction sessions under his critical eye! Boomer’s gold
standard for what team spirit can do for individual swimmer’s times continues to be
from the UR women’s team during Sue’s college years.
 
Sue grew up swimming in lakes and didn’t discover competitive swimming until 9th
grade when, thanks to Title IX, she joined the boy’s swim team for a year. By her
senior year, a girl’s swim team had formed, but the distances were short – 25 and 50
yard races! At the University of Rochester, the swim coach suggested Sue join the
team after catching her do some laps. Sue swam all 4 years in college. Her team had
an undefeated season her freshman year, with Sue being a key member of the final
winning (but slated to lose) relay, and a 40 – 4 record over the 4 years. Sue’s main
individual events were (and still are) the 50 and 100 breaststroke and freestyle.
Renowned swim guru Bill Boomer was the head coach of the UR teams and Sue had
many intensive stroke instruction sessions under his critical eye! Boomer’s gold
standard for what team spirit can do for individual swimmer’s times continues to be
from the UR women’s team during Sue’s college years.

Amy K Kasenga

Age Group Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Ricardo Castaneda

Board President

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Renee Webb

Board Treasurer

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Carolyn Fick

Board Secretary

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Debby Bergstrom

Board Member

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Ahmad Ziada

Board Vice President

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Lisa Rothman

Board Treasurer

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Sue Harrington

Board Member

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