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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 our Executive Director. 

 

Coaching Staff

Britta Wyatt

Executive Director

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Britta is also our Head Developmental Coach. She has been coaching since 1999, and has been with TEAM (formally known as EYAC) since 2001.  She grew up swimming in Southern CA, and has always had a passion for the sport. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and is a Level 3 ASCA Certified coach.  Although developmental coaching is her specialty, she also coaches high school swimming for South Eugene HS, and substitute teaches at Thurston Elementary School.  She lives in Thurston with her husband Jason, daughter Reese, and son Brody. 

Scott Kerr

Head Senior Group Coach

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Scott Kerr- Head Senior Coach, has a long history of successful swimming and coaching. Scott is a native Oregonian. He graduated from South Salem High School where he held numerous school swimming records and was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame in 2011. After graduating from high school, Scott competed for the Florida State Seminoles and in 1987 he received his B.S. in Hospitality Management from Florida International University in Miami. His coaching history includes 4 years at the Pinecrest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 24 years coaching Sheldon high school swimming, 15 years as Head Coach with the Eugene City Swim Club, and 9 years as Head Coach with TEAM Eugene Aquatics after ESCS and the Eugene Y swim team merged in 2009. Scott is an ASCA Level 5 coach and has been part of the USA National Team coaching staff. Throughout his long career, Scott has qualified athletes for the Olympic Festival, World Championships (short course and long course), Goodwill Games, and Olympic Trials. He has coached 13 Senior National Qualifiers and over 60 Junior National Qualifiers. Scott has been married for 20 years to his wife, Toni, has 2 sons, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, fish if the herons don’t feast, a rabbit, and 3 chickens. Scott is not currently looking to rescue more pets.

 

Coaching Philosophy:

We will work hard, but more importantly, we will work smart. Without solid technique, there is a glass ceiling over how much a swimmer can expect to improve. My coaching mission is to remove this barrier, so the swimmer can advance as far as their talent and work ethic will allow. I don’t count the yards, I make our yards count. Stolen from Forbes Carlisle, the Doc Councilman of Australian swim coaches: “Our aim is not to produce a champion, but to provide an atmosphere where champions are inevitable.”

Jill Black

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Jill's Coaching Philosphy
Coach Jill brings a wealth of competitive swimming experience--both professional and personal--to Team Eugene Aquatics.  She is the newest member of our coaching staff, joining us September, 2015.

Coach Jill co-owned and head coached Columbia-Willamette Swimming, a Portland-based club (2006-13) and was the senior coach for Maverick Aquatics (2014-15) until joining the TEAM staff.  She has also served on 3 Oregon All-Star teams (2004, 2007-09).

Coach Jill was a multiple-event finalist in 5 Canadian National Swimming Championships before accepting an athletic scholarship from the University of Washington.  She graduated with a BA in Kinesiology in 1984.  "Dr. Black" also holds a masters degree in sport psychology (UO, 1991) and a PhD in counseling (OSU, 2002).

Jill lives in Eugene with her husband, Chris, and their 3 cats:  Little Thing, Winston, and Simon Smeech.  When not on deck she publishes a weekly workout blog:  www.workoutsoffthebeatenpath.wordpress.com 

Denise L McEwen

Assistant Coach

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Denise McEwen grew up in North Canton, Ohio where she began swimming at age 8.  She competed most of her youth for her local YMCA and club team and continued to compete throughout high school.  In 1999, she continued her passion for swimming by coaching at her former high school and age group swimming programs.  Denise also has her Master’s Degree in Education.  She was a special needs preschool teacher in Ohio for 12 years.  Denise moved to Eugene in August 2015 where she currently resides with her husband John and two sons, Zach and Seth.  

Stephanie I Reinwald

Assistant Coach

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Coach Steph grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and started swimming at the age of 9. She swam for Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club until graduating high school. Steph attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,  where she swam all four years and received her BFA. After college, Steph started coaching for South Fayette Aqua Club from 2007 - 2012. During this time, she returned to school at Carlow University to earn her teaching credentials. In 2012, Steph moved to Missoula, Montana where she continued coaching with Missoula Aquatic Club and taught K-12 Art. Steph currently lives in Eugene and teaches high school art and applied technology. She is excited to be coaching for TEAM!