Head Coach 541-317-8462
Mark has been the Head Coach of the Bend Swim Club since 1984. In the past 31 years, Mark has grown the program from 30 swimmers to over 175 members. The Bend Swim Club is year in and year out one of the top 5 programs in the state from top to bottom.
Mark grew up in Portland, competing for the Mt. Park Aquatic Club and Multnomah Athletic Club, and graduated from Jesuit High school in 1977. Mark received his BA in biology from the University of Oregon in 1983, and stayed on at the U of O, where he served as an assistant coach for two years. While at Oregon, Mark had the opportunity to work with several swimmers who qualified for the NCAA D-1 Championships. As a swimmer at the University of Oregon, Mark competed primarily if the butterfly and individual medley events, qualifying for the US Nationals in the 100yd fly and 200 IM.
During his tenure in Bend, Mark has been selected Oregon Swimming Inc. Coach of the Year six times. His athletes have been selected Oregon swimmer of the Year 6 times as well. He had swimmers compete at the Olympic Trials every 4 years, since 1992, and at the US Nationals or Junior Nationals nearly every year since 1988. Mark has had athletes selected to the US National "B" Team, US National Junior Team and several National Select Camps. Over the past 31 years in Bend, Mark has had over 50 swimmers qualify for National level competition, with 25 of them having competed at the USA Senior Nationals.
Mark has also served in the Oregon Swimming Inc. Board of Directors, as the Coaches Representative, Administrative Vice President, Senior swimming Chair, Technical Planning Chairman and Board of review. Mark likes to play golf and fish in his spare time.
Age Group Coach
started competing in swimming at the age of five and hasn't
stopped. Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Stacey swam on club
teams, in high school, and for Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) where
she was MVP three out of her four years on the team. After college,
Stacey added open water swimming, running, and triathlons to her
vault of athletics. She has held Triathlon All American status
numerous times and has raced in National and World class
competitions. With bachelor degrees in Business and Marketing and a
Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin
- Parkside, Stacey has worked for aquatics companies including
Kiefer Swim Products (her family's former company), Speedo, and
currently Bend start-up, Zealios, which specializes in body care
products for swimmers and endurance athletes.
Stacey still swims at a national level for Central Oregon Masters
Aquatics (COMA) in both pool and open water competitions and also
enjoys racing in trail runs and triathlons...in addition to
spending time exploring the mountains and lakes of the Pacific NW
with her husband and two children. She is a certified Oregon
Swimming Official as well as a swim coach. Stacey is excited to be
sharing her knowledge and experience with the Bend Swim
Elizabeth M Cobb
Age Group and Senior Assistant Coach
Elizabeth started swimming when she was seven years old.
Throughout her time with the Bend Swim Club, she received two
seasonal Most Improved awards, as well as Most Inspirational. She
didn’t get her first A time until she was twelve years
old, and in that same season, she went on to final at
Sectionals. In that experience, Elizabeth learned that
she could get more out of the sport that just being the best.
She graduated from the University of Oregon in June of 2017 with a
bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences
with a minor in Special Education. In her spare time,
she enjoys eating at local restaurants and going to fitness
classes. Besides coaching for the Bend Swim Club, Elizabeth is also
an Educational Assistant at Juniper Elementary, Mountain View High
School’s swim coach as well as a driver’s ed
instructor. She is in the process of getting her Speech
Language Pathologist Assistant License in hopes of going to
graduate school for Speech Language Pathology in the next year or
two. She loves coaching and teaching because she loves to see
her athletes and students improve on a weekly basis. She also
enjoys watching swimmers share the same love she has had
for the sport. In her years swimming for the Bend Swim Club,
Elizabeth learned discipline and acquired a hard work ethic
and it makes her so excited to be on the pool deck teaching new
swimmers these same qualities.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Coach Kinsey is originaly from Silver Lake, Washington. She was
a distance free and 400 IM'er at the University of Alaska at
Fairbanks where she earned a BS in Economics and a MA in
Kinesiology and Coaching Education. Upon graduation, she coached at
her alma mater for one year and then went on to coach high school,
club and Masters Swimming in Anchorage. Kinsey is married to a
triathlete and has an Austrailian Shepard named Luna as well as a
flock of hens. She is also a professional triathlete on the Timex
Multisport Triathlete Team and spends her spare time training an
indulging in Mexican food and chocolate chip cookies. She
also works for a local financial planner here in town.