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Coaching Staff

 

Dialogue is encouraged between the swimmer, their parents and coach. If you have a concern that needs undivided attention from your coach, please schedule a time to meet. The swim coach that is running practice is generally not available to answer questions during practice.  The best time to talk to the coach is after practice. Emailing the coach is the best option.

Coaching Staff

John M Wray

Head Coach

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John has been coaching in Newport since 2015. He coachedswimming for many years in Juneau, Alaska, both club and high school.

Gavin Santiago

Assistant Coach/Dry-Land Coach

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Gavin joined NST in the winter of 2013, starting his USA coaching career by working with and coaching the novice level swimmers. Gavin's career in swimming started his junior year of high school after he moved to Newport from New Mexico, high school was Gavin's first exposure to the competitive swimming world. Gavin swam through his senior year and then joined the club team where he swam for two years under coach Lamma. Gavin began teaching swim lesson's as a swim instructor at the Newport Pool in 2012, that same year Gavin volunteered as an assistant coach to the Newport High School Swim Team, which led him to become the  assistant coach of the High School team this past season.

Gavin just recently become a certified personal trainer and by doing so will take over the team's dry land training program.

Outside of swimming Gavin lives a very active lifestyle, from Biking and Running to Swimming and Weight lifting Gavin does it all.

Connie Craddock

Assistant Coach

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Jenna Whittier

Assistant Coach

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Jenna is in her 3 season with NST. She swam competively for Oregon State Univ. She works with the Bronze I and Bronze II groups. She lives in Newport with her husband and newborn son.

Timothy Rash

Assistant Coach

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  Tim began as a freshman in high school swimming and playing water polo. After competing in both sports in college he found it was a natural progression into coaching. Starting with a summer only team Tim then helped build several highly successful programs through out the Pacific Northwest. In addition to coaching Newport Swim Team Tim also is the assistant coach for Newport High School.  Over the past 4 decade Tim has brought an enthusiastic and dynamic approach to coaching. Teaching confidence through their hard work he has paved the way for very successful athletes at all levels. Tim takes great pride in having many of his former swimmers return to have him coach their children. Helping families raise successful adults through competitive swimming is Tim's ultimate goal.  Outside the pool Tim is retired executive chef and culinary educator.  Creating in the kitchen for family and friends is truly a pleasure for him.