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.