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Coaches & Directors

Mt. Hood Aquatics Coaches and Directors

We are here to support your needs. 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.

Coaching Staff

Skip Runkle

Senior III Coach/Head Coach

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Coach Skip Runkle became the head coach at Mt Hood in September of 2008. Skip coached at Multnomah Athletic Club from 1981 – 2008, where he had tremendous success, leading the team to four top 10 finishes at Senior Nationals. During Skip’s tenure, thirteen of MAC’s swimmers have represented the USA in international competition and MAC swimmers have won 8 individual national titles.

In 1998, Skip received the American Swimming Coaches Association’s Silver Achievement Award, given to coaches who have experienced 15 years of placing swimmers in championship finals of the National Championships. Skip is one of 12 coaches who have achieved this level of coaching excellence.

Skip has been on the coaching staff for the USA National Team on 13 occasions, most recently as the Head Women’s Coach for the USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games. This team won the gold medal in the team competition. Skip has been the recipient of the "Ohio Coach of the Year" award two times and the "Oregon Coach of the Year" award three times. He has been very active in USA Swimming, both at the local and national level.  skiprunkle@msn.com

Juan P Vidal

Gold & Senior 1 Coach [MHAC]

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Juan has been involved with the David Douglas swim program (now Mt. Hood Aquatics) for many years.  He began swimming at age 10 and was part of the winning High School State team (David Douglas) last year before graduating in 2008. Juan has been coaching for MHA while attending Portland State University.  He continues to swim competitively for MHA as well as Linfield College and has Senior Sectional achievements to his name. He enjoys coaching and the opportunity to pass down his knowledge and experience to young aspiring swimmers. He is an asset to our Mt. Hood Aquatics coaching staff. Juan coaches at the Mt. Hood location.  vidal3694@comcast.net

Dennis G Baker

Red & White Coach [MHAC]/Master's Coach

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Dennis was born and raised in Portland Oregon, and started competitive swimming at the age of 5. He swam for David Douglas Swim Club through high school, earning many State Championships and All American honors. While swimming for the University of Arizona, Coach Baker was the Pac-10 champion twice in the 200 Butterfly.

After being a two-time finalist and three-time participant at Olympic Trials in 1980, 1984, and 1988, as well as the Oregon Male Swimmer of the Year

in 1979, Coach Baker finished his "first life" in swimming.

His "second life" has landed him here at Mt. Hood Aquatics. He began swimming again in 2000, and was awarded the Oregon Male Swimmer of the Year for the second time in 2002 at the age of 43. He is the oldest swimmer ever to qualify for the USA Swimming Nationals, and narrowly missed becoming the oldest Olympic Trials Qualifier in 2008 by the slimmest of margins.

In 2000, Coach Baker began coaching younger swimmers and is the Head Coach of the Oregon Reign Masters, a masters swim team training at Mt. Hood Aquatic Center. Dennis loves to help younger and older swimmers find their "inner athlete” and loves to train with the Senior Squad and push them to new heights. Dennis coaches the Red and White squads at the MHAC location. 

Jody Rash

Red & White Coach [Reynolds]

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Coach Jody grew up in the Okanogan Valley of central Washington, where pools are few and far between. After learning to swim at age 6 in a local lake, Jody spent her summers teaching lessons, lifeguarding, and swimming summer league in a 20-yard unheated pool. Jody continued to teach lessons and lifeguard while in college, graduating from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry.

Although she had originally planned to attend Oregon Health Sciences University to study pediatrics, Jody's love for children led her to a position as a preschool teacher and administrator of an early childhood center in southern Oregon. Jody returned to the Portland area in 2008, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education from Concordia University in 2009.

Jody began serving as the Aquatic Director of Reynolds Swim Center in September 2010, and is the head coach of the Reynolds High School swim team. In addition to coaching the MHA Red and White squads at Reynolds, Jody serves as the Director of the MHA Swim School, and enjoys helping run swim meets. coachjodymha@gmail.com

Scott Clark

Red & White Coach [Barlow]

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Scott Clark has over 15 years competitive Swimming and Water polo experience. He started swimming at Sam Barlow High School and soon after joined the Mt. Hood Swim Team.  After High School Scott swam and played Water Polo for the University of Oregon. 

 

With a passion for the water and competitive swimming, he is never far away from the pool. Scott has 10 years of competitive coaching experience. As a coach, Scott works to insure his athletes enjoy the sport while always striving to reach their full potential.  

 

Should you ever need to speak with Coach Clark, he can be reached at 503-341-4609. clark15739@comcast.net

 

Terri Larson

Gold & Senior 1 Coach [MHAC]

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Terri has a long history with the sport of swimming in Gresham, OR. She started swimming at age 9 for Eastmont Aquanauts which later become Mount Hood Swim Team.  After a successful age group swimming career with Mount Hood she changed teams to swim with an outstanding coach, Skip Runkle, who coached her at the national level.  

University of Nebraska recruited her (Go Huskers) for a swimming scholarship and she received the first of two degrees, a B.S. in Family Science.  As a Nebraska Cornhusker she was a conference champion in 200 breaststroke, most outstanding student athlete, and she was chosen by her teammates to be team captain her senior year.  

Upon returning to Portland she went to Concordia and received a second degree in elementary education and is currently teaching first grade at Happy Valley Elementary.

Terri has been involved in many ways within the swimming community.  She was a swimmer, she has coached swimming and she currently has 2 boys who swim for Mount Hood Aquatics.  She is excited to be a part of the MHA coaching staff to work with swimmers and help them become the best they can be as athletes but also as people. 

Board of Directors

Christine Logue

President

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Peggy Sue Luffred

Secretary

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Diana Lynn Chaney

Treasurer

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Christine Logue

1st Vice/Co-Meet Director

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Christine Logue

2nd Vice/Fundraising

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Lili Loo

Finance Clerk

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Roxanne Redwine-Baker

Oregon Reign Masters Contact

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