Coaches & Directors

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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Brad Robbins

TTSC Head Coach


Coach Brad joined the TTSC family as the head coach in the fall of 2015. Brad, a Level 4 certified coach with the American Swim Coaches Association (top 8% of certified coaches in the United States), was most recently the Aquatics Director and Head Coach for the HOX Swim Team at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, CA. Brad previously worked as the CEO and Head Coach of the Vacaville Swim team from 2013-2014 and coached for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team in Folsom, California, where he served as the Varsity group coach and Senior group assistant for 5 years from 2008-2013. While coaching with the Marlins, Brad worked with some of Sierra Nevada Swimming’s best swimmers, including multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers, Senior and Junior National qualifiers, Grand Prix qualifiers, and Sectional qualifiers. He was selected as ASCA's Age Group Coach of the Year for Sierra Nevada in 2012, and has also been a Sierra Nevada Olympic Training Center trip coach and a participant in USA Swimming's Senior Coaches' Conference.

Brad's coaching career began in 1994, when he started working with summer rec league swimmers for multiple teams in the Sacramento area. He earned a BA with honors in psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2003. From there, he went on to earn a Master's degree in psychology from San Diego State University, where his thesis focused on sport psychology and the motivation of athletes. Before returning to California to coach the Marlins, Brad was the graduate assistant coach for the Ohio State University's men's swim team.

As an athlete, Brad competed in one season of collegiate swimming at Occidental College before an injury forced him to turn to running. His specialty strokes were breaststroke and sprint freestyle. As a track athlete, he was a long sprinter and middle distance runner, competing in the 200, 400, and 800 meter races. He was also a regional qualifier in cross country.

Away from the pool, Coach Brad is an avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast and still enjoys running (which he does regularly with his golden retriever Howie!) as well as other sports, including basketball, softball, and ultimate frisbee. He is happily married to his wife Bonnie, an AP English teacher who shares his love for reading and swim! Coach Brad and his wife recently welcomed a new addition to their family with the arrival of their first daughter Bailey.

Courtney Johnson

Senior Assistant Coach


Coach Courtney started swimming for the Tigard Aquatic Club (TAC) back in 1995 (TAC is now TTSC) when she was 8 years old. She swam for TTSC all the way through high school and continued her swimming career at Linfield College. Her favorite stroke was butterfly and she is the current record holder in the 200 butterfly at Linfield. She has been involved with swim lessons and worked for over 11 years at the Tigard/Tualatin Pools. She recently has coached a summer league in Tacoma, Washington during Physical Therapy school. She has a special passion for swimming and enjoys coaching on the team where she swam for so many years.

Her undergraduate degree was in Exercise Science, and Courtney also has a Masters in Exercise Science, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is currently an outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapist in Oregon City.

John Ruzicka

Junior and Green Group Coach


               Joining the local club team in 1980, the Tigard Aquatic Club (now TTSC), coach John has been involved in the sport of swimming ever since. As a club swimmer, he was one of TAC’s first Junior National Qualifiers. In 1993 he swam to an Oregon state title in the 200 individual medley in high school and was selected an All-American in two events. He continued his success in swimming, competing in the NCAA division I for Iowa State University. While there, he broke 4 school records, earned All-American honors and qualified to compete at the 1996 Olympic Trials.

               He began coaching his senior year of college as a student assistant with the Iowa State University team and worked with both men’s and women’s varsity teams. He also worked under his college coach, Trip Hedrick, in a competitive swim lesson program called Swim America designed to promote the sport of competitive swimming. He continued coaching after graduating helping coach his alma mater Tigard High School. He became the head water polo coach of Tigard in 2001 and the head swim coach in 2008. He also joined the coaching staff of TTSC in 2008 and has worked for those programs ever since.

               Away from the pool coach John is a proud father of two little girls, an avid star wars fan and repository of useless information.

John Cameron

Senior 2 Group Coach


John has been involved in competitive swimming and with TTSC since 2004. He found an instant love for the sport and continued to progress through high school. He became the team captain of both TTSC and Tualatin High School swim team. As an athlete he specialized in the mid to distance freestyle events. In 2011, John started to teach swim lessons, working with a variety of ages and swimming abilities. He is also a lifeguard and supervisor for the Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District. John was brought on the TTSC coaching staff in the summer of 2015. Initially as a novice coach, but now involved with the Senior 2 group. He is excited to give back to the sport that had a huge impact on him.

John is currently attending George Fox University pursuing a degree in Business Management. He also works in the IT department for the university. In his spare time John enjoys reading, listening to music of all kinds, hanging out with friends and of course swimming!

Emily Diane Stevens

Navy and Intermediate Group Coach


Emily joined club swimming at the age of 13. She swam for Sherwood high school and began swimming for TTSC her junior year. She went on to swim at the University of Wyoming. She was a backstroke specialist and completed her four years as a NCAA Division 1 athlete. Emily continued to swim for TTSC during college off-season and enjoyed spending time with the team. She graduated with a BA in psychology and is excited to be back in Oregon and part of the TTSC team again—this time as a coach. She hopes to spread her knowledge to other members of TTSC, in hope that one day they too will swim collegiately.

Kate McNeilis

Senior Prep Coach


Kate joins TTSC after more than 20 years of swimming experience. As a club swimmer, Kate competed for the Westerville Aquatic Club in Ohio and was a member of the Junior National Team. During this time, she had the opportunity to compete internationally. Kate went on to swim at the University of Tennessee competing for the Lady Vols (2010-2014) under Coach Matt Kredich. At the University of Tennessee, Kate was a 7 time All American and 4 year NCAA qualifier, specializing in freestyle and backstroke. She also qualified for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BS in Kinesiology.

Kate’s coaching career began at Westerville Aquatic Club in Ohio after graduating from college and then moved to the collegiate level as the assistant coach at The Florida Institute of Technology in the fall of 2014. During her time at Florida Tech, Kate helped coach the first ever NCAA qualifiers in school history. Kate then moved out to California where she spent the last two years coaching for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, having multiple athletes qualify for the Olympic Trials, Far Westerns and JO’s.

In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking with her dog, Socks, training for triathlons and reading.
Board of Directors

Matt Farris



Jill Shields

Past President


Alexis Cowley

First Vice President/Fundraising Coord.


Tara Steward

Second Vice President/Meet Director


Jeff Fossatti



Christine Frisiras



Nat Goforth

Treasurer Assist I


Pam Miller

Treasurer Assist II/Senior Travel Coord.


Melissa Beadnell-Hutton

New Member Coordinator


Andree Florey

Meet Concessions Coordinator


Heidi & Jared Wilson

Officials Coordinator


Daron Howard

Volunteer Coordinator


Dave Yoerger

Social Coordinator