Coaches & 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 or our team Operations Manager.

Coaching Staff

Mark Bernett

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. 

Shane A Bennett

Head Age Group Coach 541-317-8462




  • Bend Swim Club Head Age Group Coach 2000-2016
  • USS Swim Coach for over Twenty Years
  • Level 3 ASCA Certified Coach
  • 2009 OSI ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2009 Oregon Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Oregon Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Head Coach Oregon Swimming Western Zone Team
  • 2007 Head All Star Coach Oregon Swimming
  • Asst. Coach for Oregon All Star and Zone Team for five years
  • Asst. Coach with Salem Aquatic Club, McNary High, North High and TSC
  • Head Coach with the City of Salem and Northwood Swim Team


Age Group Coach



Stacey Kiefer 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 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 Club.


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. 

Kinsey Laine

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.