OCA Coaching Staff

Outstanding Coaches

OCA’s coaching staff brings unparalleled knowledge, experience, and dedication to the team.  They love swimming and helping young athletes.  Our coaching staff creates a unique environment for fun, learning, and achievement in the sport.

Coaching Staff

Alice Godfred

Head Coach


Alice is an owner and Head Coach of Olympic Cascade Aquatics.   

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. 


John Walker

Senior Coach


John is 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 loves working with its wonderful athletes and families.

Nathaniel J O'Brien

Senior Coach


Nate 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 staff. 

Hans Peters

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.  

Marco Signorelli

Pre-Competitive and Developmental Coach


Marco joined OCA’s coaching staff in November 2017, primarily coaching the Riptides, Novice, and Junior groups. He grew up swimming competitively, and was part of the founding group of OCA swimmers. Marco was recruited to swim collegiately at New York University. Prior to OCA he coached summer league swimming at Somerset Rec Club and Samena Rec Club.

Keith Freeman

Substitute Coach