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Cascade Coaches

If you have any questions about Cascade Swim Club, let us know! All our coaches are best reached by email.

For questions about our training program or any questions related to technique, workouts, meets, events, goal setting and other swimming related needs, please contact your lead site coach or head coach David Orr.

For dry-side questions regarding scheduling, administration and other team related information please contact your lead site parent or team administrator Nancy Davidson.

Cascade Coaches

David Orr

Executive Director/Head Coach, Madison

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Coach David joined Cascade as Executive Director/Head Coach in September of 2018. Finishing up his first year, Coach David continues to revitalize our historic club, deepening our cherished community roots while expanding our national presence. Prior to Cascade, Coach David served as Head Coach/CEO of Sunkist Swim Team, elevating the program from ranked 7th to winning 7 straight LSC championships. Coach David also received national recognition at Sunkist, winning 6 USA Swimming #SwimBiz Crystal Kickboards, including Marketing Club of the Year three years in a row for 2015, 2016, 2017 and Marketing LSC of the Year in 2018. Coach David grew up swimming and coaching for legendary coach Carl Butler, who led a dynasty program for decades in Columbus, MS. As an age group swimmer, Coach David's specialties were breaststroke, sprint free and IM. He broke numerous state records, qualifying for JOs and Top 16. As a Masters swimmer, Coach David competed for the Rose Bowl Masters at 2006 FINA Masters World Championships. Coach David has coached swimmers at all levels, summer league, high school and club, his swimmers have achieved 25 national Top Ten, 11 national #1 and broken 274 LSC records. Coach David is a regular presenter at various swimming conferences, including ASCA World Clinic, ISCA Hall of Fame Conference, USA Swimming #SwimBiz Conference and annual convention.  Coach David has served multiple terms on LSC board of directors and was honored as the LSC Age Group Coach of the Year award in 2014. Coach David is an ASCA Level 5 certified coach and a Board of Directors member of ISCA.

Corey Coon-Cassily

Senior Assistant Coach, Madison

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Coach Corey comes to Cascade with over 20 years of coaching experience. Corey grew up in Montreal, Canada participating in swimming, hockey and football. As a coach, Coach Corey’s philosophy is based on preparing swimmers for all strokes and distances.  Coach Corey’s swimmers have excelled at all levels, from learn-to-swim all the way to Olympic Trials qualifiers. Swimmers of Corey’s have qualified for Junior Nationals and above in every stroke and distance, although butterfly remains his favorite. He has had swimmers go on to swim at the Division 1, 2 & 3 levels, with many qualifying for championship finals.  Outside of the pool, Coach Corey loves mountains and travel. While coaching in Alaska, Corey got rid of his car and biked for two years.  Corey has hiked numerous national parks and has been to every state and province on his many travels.

Pete Colella

Lead Site Coach, Aqua Club

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Ron Portelance

Lead Site Coach, Ballard

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Coach Ron is in his fifteenth year of coaching swimming, the first four years at Salmon Bay Aquatics. He enjoys all aspects of Club swimming including being a parent of swimmers and has served on the PNS Board from 2006-2010. His swimming career started at the age of 11 in Victoria BC with a team in its infancy called the Juan De Fuca Cohos which today is part of the large swimming association of Island Swimming. After swimming through High School, Coach Ron ventured south of the border to swim at the University of Washington under Earl Ellis from 1974-78. In Toronto, he competed at the 1976 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 200 Fly.  Coach Ron remains an active swimmer, participating in the 2007 National Masters Short Course Championships, placing 6th in the 1000 free and 8th in the 400 IM in the 50-54 age group. During the college years, he would spend the summers in Victoria, lifeguarding and teaching swimming to all ages. It was then that he thought he may like to coach someday, but never dreamed it would take 30 years.

Becky Woodruff

Lead Site Coach, Queen Anne

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Coach Becky began swimming at 6 years old for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics in her hometown of Richmond, VA. As a two-year captain at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she helped lead her team to an ACC victory in 2007.  She also competed internationally on the USA delegation at the 2005 Maccabiah Games held in Israel, winning gold in the 200 butterfly.  Coach Becky received her doctorate in cell and molecular biology at Duke University before moving to Seattle. She has been coaching in some capacity at every level since she was 16, from teaching kids to swim to growing a large summer league team to coaching a masters team.  Coach Becky is excited to be on deck at Cascade, as her husband and sister-in-law, who both swam with her at UNC, grew up swimming in the program. As a coach, she loves encouraging and instilling a level of confidence in each swimmer that goes far beyond the pool.

Mark Nichols

Lead Site Coach, Rainier Beach

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Coach Mark has been coaching with Cascade since 2007. He was a competitive swimmer from kindergarten to college. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Kentucky University in English and a Master's Degree from Seattle Pacific University in Education. For over 10 years, Mark has coached Franklin High School girls and boys swim teams as well as the City of Seattle's Summer Swim League programs at the Rainier Beach and Medgar Evers pools.

Tyler Lippold

Lead Site Coach, Shoreline

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Coach Tyler swam competitively for about 20 years, swimming summer league and several year-round teams before joining Cascade’s Senior Team as a freshman in high school. Tyler has been coaching for Cascade for over 4 years and also coached Nathan Hale High School boys and girls teams for 8 years. Tyler still loves the sport and relishes the memories and all the good friends he has made in the sport.

Kara Forbis

Lead Site Coach, Evans

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Coach Kara started swimming at age 7 and fell in love with the sport!  In high school, she was a Junior National and Senior National qualifier in 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back.  Coach Kara swam for the University of Georgia on full scholarship and was a 5-time All American, 2-time SEC champion, team captain and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  She was also a member of the US National Team and competed at the 1997 World University Games in Italy.  Coach Kara has passed on her love of swimming to her daughter Sutton and enjoys running and cooking in her spare time.

Tsuki Kaneko-Hall

Associate Lead Coach, Rainier Beach

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Mary Lippold

Assistant Coach, All Sites

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Monica Edwards

Assistant Coach, Aqua Club

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Shae Grant

Assistant Coach, Aqua Club

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Emma N McGee

Assistant Coach, Queen Anne

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Shawn Fukumoto

Assistant Coach, Evans/Shoreline

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Max Perry

Assistant Coach, Ballard

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Katie Davidson

Assistant Coach, Ballard

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Milo E Malkoski

Assistant Coach, Ballard

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Nolan Welfringer

Assistant Coach, Shoreline

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Anthony B Edwards

Assistant Coach, Evans

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