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


Gavin Santiago

Assistant Coach/Dry-Land Coach


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


Connie joined the NST coaching staff September 2015. Aquatics and water safety have played a major role in Connie's life since her teenage years. She started swimming competitively at age 13, and became a lifeguard and swim instructor at age 16. The majority of her work experience has been in aquatics, from teaching swimming and training lifeguards, to managing a pool, running a District Aquatic Program and coaching swimming at the high school level. Connie was an assistant swim coach at Rainier High School for three years and the Head Swim Coach at the Kelso High School for five years. She is excited to join the Newport Team and looks forward to the challenge of working with the variety of swimmers at NST. Her focus is to always incorporate fun and safety while swimmers improve their techniques and  work to meet their personal goals. Just keep swimming!