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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support you and your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting,  safety, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.  For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, billing, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Rex Watkins

Head Coach Senior Coach

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Rex graduated from the University of Oregon in 1987 with a degree in Rhetoric and Communication. He was a 4 year scholarship varsity swimmer for the Universtiy of Oregon. He has worked in the Property Management business since 1987. 

Rex was the Head Coach for the Hood River Valley swim  team from 1987 to 2000, and the Head Coach for Hood River Valley High School from 1989 to 2000.  Rex moved to the Albany area in 2001 and has been the Head Swim Coach at Crescent Valley High School since that time.

Rex enjoys classic cars, modern motorcycles, four wheeling and camping with his family. 

Sherry Watkins

Age Group Coach

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Sherry received her B.A. from Pacific University in Physical Education and Health in 1993. In 2000, she received her M.A.T. from George Fox University. She is an Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher for the Salem-Keizer School District.
 
During the summer of 1994, Sherry began coaching the Novice group for Forest Grove Swim Club. In 1995, she was recruited to be the Novice coach for Hillsboro Swim Team (HEAT). She coached there for three years before meeting her husband, Rex. After many years away from coaching, a master’s degree, and two children later, her passion for coaching swimming is still strong.
 
Sherry has over 20 years of Water Safety Instructor experience and even swam on Albany Aquatics as a youth – That’s why she knows all those cool cheers! 
 
In 2008, Sherry was asked to be the Novice 1 coach for Albany Aquatics. She says that it has been a great experience working with the swimmers and seeing them improve.
 
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, riding ATV’s, scrap-booking, and spending time with her family.

Jen Vetter

Age Group Coach

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 A competitive swimmer since the age of 11, specializing both in freestyle and butterfly events. She received a swimming scholarship to  Washington State University, graduating in 1995 with a biology degree.     She then went to Eastern Washington University to receive a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998. Currently, she works at Lebanon Hospital as an orthopedic Physical Therapist for the past 11 years.

 
In 1998, she and her husband Mike moved to Albany. They have two girls, who are both swimmers on the team. Her goal as a coach is to help swimmers develop correct techniques in their swimming style, while limiting the potential for overuse injuries.

Maddy Longshore

Age Group Coach

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Madeleine "Maddie" Longshore is orginially from Ashland, Oregon and is currently a sophomore at OSU studying wildlife management. She swam on both club and high school teams, and participated at the state championship level.

She has a background in teaching fly fishing at a “fish camp” for kids in Redding, California and as a guide at a fishing lodge in Alaska. She is also an avid surfer.

Maddie joined the Albany Aquatics Association Swim Team Staff in March or 2016.  She has been mainly overseeing our Fundamental and Novice 1 swim groups.

Katelyn Sawyer

Age Group Coach

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