Coaches & Directors


All of our coaches have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States, and we are here to support your swimmer.

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 one of the board members.   From USA Swimming, please read this link on the Coach-Parent Relationship.

Coaching Staff

Shelly Rawding

Head Coach


Shelly grew up in Seattle and swam for Cascade Swim Club and the University of Washington Huskies .  She is married to Dan (a Husky Swimmer also) and has four children who all competed for the HRVST through the years - Justine, Brett, Jacob and Mariah.

Shelly has 10 years swimming experience and 30 years swim coaching experience in a variety of settings.  She came to the HRVST in 1996 and has been head coach since spring 2000. In that time she has coached swimmers at all State, Regional and National levels, including coaching Scott Bergstrom (200 fly) at the Olympic Trials in 2012.  She started assisting Oregon Swimming by participating on the Board of Review and by helping to coach the All Star and Zone teams.   She was the Oregon Swim Coaches Association Chair from 2011 to 2014, the Senior Vice Chair for Oregon Swimming 2016-2017 and currently is a member of USA Swimming's LSC Development Committee.  She was OSI General Chair 2018-2021, and is currently serving on the OSI board as Senior Vice Chair.  In 2009 Shelly was awarded the USA Swimming ConocoPhillips Outstanding Service Award for Oregon, and the Oregon Swimming Coaching Excellence Award. At Convention in 2017 she was awarded the Kerry O'Brien Masters Coaching Award.  

 Swimming is different to many local youth sports since our coaches are professional coaches on a salary.  We take pride in the fact that our team provides funding for continuing education for all our coaches to keep them up to date on current coaching practices.  

MJ Caswell

Lead Age Group Coach


Growing up in southern California, Mary Jane (MJ) Caswell enjoyed swimming competitively both as an age group participant and at the high school level.

While competing for the University of California at Irvine, MJ had the opportunity to teach swimming to all age group levels in addition to conducting introductory classes in competitive swimming.

Currently MJ and her husband Michael, enjoy training and competing for the Columbia Gorge Masters Swim Team. MJ especially enjoys the camaraderie and support of  both the Masters’ group and the local aquatic community.  Her favorite events are the 200 and 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, which were the shortest events she swam in college.  Mj started coaching for the HRVST in 2006, where she enjoys working with the kids (and masters swimmers) and passing on her knowledge of the sport.  Oregon Masters Swimming has honored MJ with the 2017 Hazel Bressie Spirit Award, and in 2019 with the Ol' Barn Award.  

Board of Directors

Shelly Rawding

Coach Rep


Brian Hackett

Board President


Scott Hollowell



Karen Arpag

Vice President


Sarah Elizabeth Arpag

Athlete Rep


Toni S Hecksel

Masters Rep


Julianna Mears



Leah Marshall

Board Member