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Coaching Staff

Matthew Crum

Head Coach

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Matthew Crum has over 20 years competitive swimming experience. He started racing at 5 years old in Peninsula pool, then swam for the Portland Parks Swim Team (now PAC).  During high school he joined the Multnomah Athletic Club swim team and completed his racing career at Wheaton College. A passion for the water and competitive swimming; Matt can always be found close to the pool. After college Matt coached the South Salem Saxons for two years, coached the Oregon City High School team for three years and has been coaching the club team since 2007.

At the pool Matt works to help each competitor reach his or her personal potential.  He brings a challenging yet compassionate and caring approach to coaching and works to build confident and thoughtful athletes.

Ben Talbott

Head Age-Group Coach

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With over 20 years of competitive swimming experience as an athlete and as a coach, Ben Talbott mixes a passion for the water with a passion to excel. He started swimming competitively with David Douglas Swim Club (now Mt Hood Aquatics) at a later age than normal, 13, but it was clear he was a natural as he quickly moved his way up to the senior squad. He began his coaching career right out of high school and has been coaching ever since. Over the past 15 years he's coached for David Douglas Masters, Eastside Water Polo Club, Gresham High School Swimming and Water Polo, Parkrose High School Water Polo, as well as his current position as Head Age Group Coach for the Oregon City Swim Team.

Although his competitive expectations are always very high, his coaching philosophy really revolves around the concept that athletics, especially swimming, should be as much about fun as it is about valuable life experiences.

Bryan C Watt

Assistant Age-Group Coach/Master's Coach

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Bryan Watt began swimming competitively in 1972 for the Oregon City Swim Club and has been in the water ever since.  During his high school years he swam for Oregon City High School and then went on to swim all four years during his time at Oregon State University, graduating in 1987.  Upon graduation from OSU Bryan earned not only a degree, but also a commission in the United States Air Force where he spent 20+ years flying cool airplanes, while managing to keep in shape swimming through the years.  While in the Air Force, he got the chance to command a squadron whose winning ways went beyond the everyday Air Force experience. Physical fitness has always been a top priority for Bryan, and that is one of the ways in which he led his squadron...winning not only in the air, but also on the field and in the pool where he competed in several team triathlons and other events.

In 2009 Bryan joined several other masters swimmers at the Oregon City Swimming Pool and began getting back into competition shape.  He competed in the 2010 Oregon Masters Swimming Association Championship Meet, and in 2011 decided that Oregon City ought to have a masters swimming team.  He established the team in 2011 under the auspices of the Oregon City Swim Team, and is currently the assistant coach.  Shortly after establishing the masters team, Bryan decided to approach OCST and see if they could use his talents to bring up the next generation of younger swimmers…and they said yes!  Not too long after that, he also became the head coach of the Oregon City High School Swimming Team, a position he still holds to date.  While coaching at OCHS, Bryan has put together a winning team that has produced several state champions including the first-ever Oregon City High School state champion relay team for swimming.

All five of Bryan and wife Shannon’s progeny are swimming on the Oregon City Swim Team.  Swimming for Bryan has become not only a way to stay physically fit, but also a strategy to make sure he is around to encourage his children, grandchildren (and beyond) in the ways of his faith and addiction to chlorine!

Tim P Waud

Master's Coach

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  Tim Waud has been involved with the Oregon City Swim Team as a coach and athlete since 1977.  His coaching career began as a student athlete at the University of Oregon.  Tim was very involved in the University of Oregon Swim Camps from 1987-1990.  Working with Dr. Don Van Rossen in 1987, Tim created the U of O Club Sport Swim Team as a coach and athlete.  In 1991, Tim was a coach/counselor at the Stanford University Swim Camp working with NCAA Division I National Championship and U. S. Olympic Team Head Coaches.  In 1991, Tim was hired by Oregon City Swim Team  as an age group coach.  Tim continued to coach both USA Swimming and the Oregon City High School Swim Team through 1997.  Tim has been an ASCA Level I & II Age Group coach since 1991.

 
Tim began coaching United States Masters Swimming in 1992 at North Clackamas Aquatic Park (Tsunamis' Masters Swim Team.)  He continues coaching The Oregon City Tankers masters swim team today.  Through the years Tim has been heavily involved in USA Swimming and USMS. Tim has been an athlete member of USA Swimming for Oregon City Swim Team, Eastmont Aquanauts, Mt. Hood Aquatics, University of Oregon and Corvallis Aquatic Team.  Tim has been a masters swimmer for North Clackamas Aquatic Park Tsunamis Masters, Portland Parks Masters, Oregon Reign Masters, Corvallis Aquatic Team Masters and Oregon City Tankers.  Tim is quite involved in Oregon Masters Swimming having served numerous terms as Vice-Chairperson of OMS.  Tim has attended several United States Aquatic Sports (USAS) Conventions throughout the years as a delegate for OMS.  Tim was also involved in the committees that brought the 1995 and 2008 USMS Summer National Championships and 1997 Nike World Masters Games to Gresham, Oregon.  Tim has competed in and coached at over 16 USMS National Swimming Championships.
 
Tim's swimming career has been very colorful.  Tim has had Top Three finishes in Oregon Swimming Championships and Western Zone Swimming Championships.  OSAA State High School Swimming Champion 100 Breaststroke for La Salle High School.  Numerous Top Five times for Oregon Swimming and several Oregon All-Star Teams.  Tim currently holds Top Ten USMS times in Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle, Individual Medley and Relays.  Tim is also a USMS National Champion and USMS Relay All-American.  Tim serves as the Northwest Zone Chair for United States Masters Swimming.
 
Tim truly believes that "Swimming is for Life".  His passion for the sport of swimming carries into every aspect of the sport.  It is his hope that swimmers will find their niche in the sport and continue swimming for a lifetime.  "Swimming has been very good to me, it has made me the person I am today. The sport of swimming breeds intelligence, self confidence, pride and a very strong work ethic which will continue for a lifetime."  Tim hopes he can share his experience and knowledge to develop swimmers of every age and ability.

Rick Wheeler

Age Group Coach

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After 19 years of living overseas, Coach Rick has come home to Oregon and joined the OCST family.  While overseas, he worked as a swim coach and raised his children amongst a variety of cultures and thrilling adventures.

Coach Rick is a believer in creating opportunities for yourself.  His passion for swimming began in 2009 while being on deck during his eldest daughter’s swim training, he dove into learning as much about the sport and the passion has continued to grow ever since!

Coach Rick has been a professional swim coach for the last 8 years.  Within those 8 years, he has built and ran Learn-2-Swim Programs, trained and certified coaches, conducted private training for all ages and even had the pleasure of coaching a few national level swimmers in Vietnam.

Coach Rick served as the Aquatics Director at the British International School in Ho Chi Minh City, founded and served as the Head Coach for the traveling H2O Sharks team and even brought Peak Performance Swim Camp to Ho Chi Minh City; a first of its kind.

ASCA Level 2  Certification – Mar 2013

American Red Cross Life Guard Certified – Dec 2016

ASCA Stroke Technician – March 2014

Owner/Program Director of Swim America Certification – Mar 2014

USA Swimming Coaching Certification – Nov 2014

Aquatic Director Certification – Jul 2016

US Masters Coach Certified – May 2017

Peak Performance Silver Level Coach – June 2013

Along with these certifications, Coach Rick credits his style of coaching to the many years that he’s worked alongside Nick Baker at summer camps throughout the US.  Nick Baker is a former Olympic coach and is the owner and founder of Peak Performance Swim Camp

Coach Rick strives on teaching and instructing swimmers to be better individuals both in and out of the pool and believes passionately about developing the swimmers’ technical and mental skills.

Outside of the pool, Coach Rick works alongside his brother during the week and shares a passion for construction.  He also enjoys motorbike rides along the coast, hiking, running, softball, volleyball and golf.

Sarah Kathleen Goodpastor

Challenge/Fitness Coach

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Has been a competitive swimmer with the Oregon City Swim Team for over ten years. She started swimming with OCST in 2008,  she also swam for her high school team. She is also a full- time student at Southern Oregon University. 

She works towards helping improve the swimmers skill, and provide a fun and safe environment.