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 who all competed for the HRVST through the years - Justine, Brett, Jacob and Mariah.
Shelly has 10 years swimming experience and 28 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. She started assisting Oregon Swimming by participating on the Board of Review and by helping to coach the All Star and Zone teams. She was the Oregon Swim Coaches Association Chair from 2011 to 2014, the Senior Chair for Oregon Swimming 2016-2017 and currently is a member of USA Swimming's LSC Development Committee and General Chair for Oregon Swimming. In 2009 Shelly was awarded the USA Swimming ConocoPhillips Outstanding Service Award for Oregon, and the Oregon Swimming Coaching Excellence Award. At Convention in 2017 she was awarded the Kerry O'Brien Masters Coaching Award. 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.