Alice is the owner and Head Coach of Olympic
Alice has over 25 years of coaching experience and has helped
developed several strong USA Swimming programs in the Pacific
Northwest before starting OCA in 2009. She is a great
motivator and loves the challenge of competition and helping the
athletes she works with enjoy the sport and achieve great
performances in and out of the pool. She has served on
both Pacific Northwest Swimming and USA swimming All-Star and
Select coaching staffs.
Alice has enjoyed accomplished careers as both a
competitor and coach in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington,
and Alaska). She followed a successful collegiate swimming
career at the University of Oregon with a remarkable rise to the
top of the sport of Triathlon including several, international and
Hawaiian Ironman competition.
Nathaniel J O'Brien
comes from a very accomplished swimming background. He was on the
Canadian Olympic Team in 2004 placing 14th in the 200 back and 23rd
in the 200 fly. Nate also competed for the University of
Texas from 2001-2005 and where he was on the 2002 National
Championship team and was a 4 time NCAA Division 1 All-American.
Nate has coached both here locally at BCST where he was the Head
Coach and also in Austin for the Austin Aquatics club where he was
the Head Age Group coach. Nate lives in Renton with his wife and
daughter. Nate is very excited to be joining the OCA
Lead Junior 1 Coach
Hans Peters joined OCA's coaching staff in 2016. He is a native of the Netherlands who moved to Chicago at the beginning of high school. Hans was a very successful age group swimmer in the Netherlands and continued his passion for the sport competing at a high level for Fox Valley Swim Club and legendary Illinois powerhouse Naperville High School. He was recruiting to swim collegiately at University of Pacific in California and then transferred to finish his career at University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point where he qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Assistant Senior/Age Group Coach
Troy grew up in NJ where he swam for his local YMCA team and would
also compete in open water ocean swims. He continued to swim in
college while he was completing his degree in Exercise Science.
Troy has been coaching for 8 years, from age group through college
swimming. Troy has most recently been a lead age group coach for
the Jeffco Hurricanes in Colorado where he has helped lead multiple
athletes to compete at the top level in the state. He was also
selected to be one of Colorado Swimming Select camp coaches in 2018
and 2019. Troy is excited to join the OCA swim team and believes in
good sportsmanship, self discipline, and teamwork, and wants to
help swimmers achieve success both in and out of the pool.
Lead Novice 1 Coach
Marissa has previously worked in aquatics for 7 years teaching swim
lessons and coaching the Walla Walla City Swim Team. She started
swimming on a team as a kid and continued competitively through
high school and into college at Grand Canyon University. Marissa
has a passion for coaching kids and introducing the wonderful sport
of swimming with them.
Keith comes to OCA from Michigan
where he swam in high school, college, and masters with the
YMCA. He coached for the Kingsford Flivvers High School Swim
and Dive Team and the YMCA Waves Swim Team before coming to the
Mary Wayte Pool. In his years of coaching he and his team
produced a state champion high school team and produced YMCA
National Swimmers 10 our of 16 years.
Trivia points of
Coached a dive team when the nearest
diving board was 70 miles away and he was never a diver
Reached some personal best times when
he was 38. I finally learned to swim smart!
My last meet my senior year I swam in
every event and completed all 6 required dives
I believe that there is a positive
that can be found in any situation
I have a degree in hospitality
I owned my own photography studio for
I became a certified personal trainer
to help produce better swimmers
My favorite cartoon is The Far
John was an owner and the Senior Coach of
Olympic Cascade Aquatics.
John has over 25 years of coaching experience and has been
involved with swimming in the Pacific Northwest since 2006.
He has had the opportunity to coach extensively in the club,
collegiate (Division I&III), and international arenas.
John reached the pinnacle of the sport as a member of USA
Swimming’s staff at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and at
the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He has enjoyed assisting many
young athletes embrace swimming as a lifetime sport while they
achieved a high level of competitive success. John is proud
of OCA’s accomplishment and loved working with its
wonderful athletes and families. John passed away on August 18,
2018. John will always be remembered for all he contributed to OCA
and all Aquatics