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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

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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

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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.

Hans Peters

Lead Junior 1 Coach

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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.  

Atticus Koontz

Pre-Competitive and Developmental Coach

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Atticus has been with OCA since January 2015, primarily coaching the Riptides team as well as assisting Novice and Junior groups. He grew up swimming on Mercer Island and is proud to have been coached by both John Walker and Alice Godfred, Alice since he was seven years old! Previous to OCA, he coached the Mercerwood Shore club summer league team.

Apart from swimming, Atticus is a local actor and fight choreographer.  

Marco Signorelli

Pre-Competitive and Developmental Coach

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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

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