Coaching Staff

Patti Rothwell

Head Coach


Patti began her coaching career at age 17 with her age-group team, Lake Forest Swim Club, in Illinois. Before that she swam for North York Aquatic Club, in her native Canada.

Patti came to Almaden Swim & Racquet Club, San Jose, CA, in 1981, following her graduation from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where she attended as the first woman swimmer on scholarship. There she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and qualified for the NCAA swimming championships in all of her 4 years at Northwestern.

As an age-group swimmer, Patti established numerous National records in both butterfly and backstroke. As a Senior Swimmer, (and a Canadian) Patti placed 3rd in the 200 meters freestyle at the 1966 British Empire Games Trials and earned the bronze medal in the 100 meters butterfly at the 1968 Olympic Games Trials.

In her 30+ years of coaching, Patti has overseen all age levels and abilities. Her focus (not surprisingly) is educating the swimmers in technique, strategy, training goals, competition and independence. Creativity in practices is often a goal, as well.

Patti and Ben Bethune conspired to develop the TEMPO Aquatics program in 2009.

Caitlin V Matts



Caitlin has enjoyed TEMPO due to the friendship and support  she  has experienced, and  is now part of the reason TEMPO has that reputation. Her leadership and positive attitude toward TEMPO swimmers  is one of her strongest assets.

Caitlin has spent the past two summers as a member of the coaching staff at Montevideo where she worked as an assistant coach. Her primary duties involved coaching all age groups, (primarily in stroke technique), timing at and monitoring the swim meets, and writing and presenting speeches and trophies for the swimmers at the end of the year awards ceremony.

She has also been a member of the varsity  swim team at Leigh High School for the past 3 years. When Caitlin is not in the pool, she loves to play the piano, read, bake and spend time with her friends.

Ben H Campbell