Coach Franz's corner
USA Swimming "National Team Coach"
2006-2008. This honor recognizes Franz’s contribution
to the National Team’s primary objective of achieving
competitive success at the Olympic Games.
2006, 2007 & 2008 recipient of
the "Coach of Excellence Award," the American Swim Coaches
Association Award that recognizes achievement on the National
- 2007 National Select Camp
- 2003 & 2005 Arizona Zone
- 1999 Arizona All-Star Coach
Christopher M Pfaffenroth
Associate Head Coach
Coach Christopher's corner
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Ruth's corner
Ruth graduated in 1988 with a BA in Physical Therapy and worked
as a Physical Therapist in Minneapolis, MN before moving to Oregon
She began teaching swimming during high school and continued to
teach through college. After moving to Oregon, Ruth coached CYO
swimming for 6 years with Valley Swim Team.
Ruth began coaching with THSC in Nov. 2006. She became the
Head Age Group coach in 2012.
ASCA Certified Level 3
Level I CrossFit Trainer, March 2013
Registered Physical Therapist
Coaching Highlights: Having the pleasure to coach hard
- Coached 3 NAG Relay Records
- Coached 11 Individual USA Swimming Top 10 times
- Coached 10 USA swimming Top 10 Relays
- Coached over 35 OSI Individual Records
- Coached 18 OSI Relay Records
- Coached over 100 THSC Team Records (individual & Relays)
Coach Paige's corner
Paige Larkin, a former Thunderbolt swimmer, has been coaching for
the team since 2008. She swam at the division 1 level at University
of Idaho where she earned her Bachelors degree in Secondary
Education and English. She attended George Fox University where she
earned her Masters degree in Secondary Education. In addition to
coaching, she is currently a 5th grade teacher at St. Pius X
Ben brings 8 years of coaching experience to the Thunderbolts. His philosophy is to create a healthy and safe environment in which athletes feel comfortable taking risks and accepting personal challenges. Ben is personally motivated to share his passion for swimming and love of knowledge with all athletes.
A native Oregonian, Ben grew up swimming on summer recreational teams in Keizer , Oregon . After graduating from High school in 1996, he attended Whitworth College where he earned his BA in History Education in 2000.
As a swimmer, he set school and club records at every team he joined, including 5 school records and 4 conference records while attending Whitworth College . Ben was a 4 year All-American and Team Captain of the Whitworth College swim team his Junior and Senior year.
Ben Started his coaching Career at Lincoln High School , where he taught Social Studies. After catching the “coaching bug”, he worked as Head Age Group Coach of the Puyallup Aquatic Club and then Head Site Coach when the team merged to become the South Sound Titans. In 2003, Ben moved to Orlando , FL. to work as Age Group Coach and Asst. Varsity Coach of Highlander Aquatics at the Lake Highland Preparatory School . In June of 2005, Ben made his return to Oregon when he joined the Thunderbolts.
Aside from coaching, Ben loves to play outdoors; surfing, biking, disc golf, and rock climbing. He and his wife Lindsey have a dog “Charlie-Bill”.
Some of Bens Coaching accomplishments:
- ASCA Level 4 Certified Coach
- Voted 2006 Oregon Swim Coaches Association “Age Group Coach of the Year”
- Coached 77 LSC Champions (31 Florida , 46 Oregon )
- Coached more than 10 athletes to over 33 Individual NAG Top 16 Rankings
- Coached 15 Relays with NAG Top 16 rankings
- Coached an Individual and Relay to 1st place NAG rankings
- Won 5 Oregon State team titles