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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Alex Reed

Head Coach

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Head Coach Alex Reed has a passion for the sport of swimming. He has lived and breathed swimming his whole life. Alex has been involved in the sport as a swimmer and a coach for over 20 years. In his stint as the UPAC Head Coach starting in the Fall of 2015, he has grown the club membership from 80 to over 110 swimmers, expanded the team’s PNS Champs team from 2 to over 35 swimmers, lead the team to its first PNS Age Group Championship Top 10 finish, produced multiple PNS and Regional Champions, qualified dozens of swimmers for Western Age Group Zones, Senior Sectionals, and USAS Futures Championship Meets, and has coached several swimmers to multiple National Top 10 times for their Age Group.

Before his time at UPAC he was the Head Coach of the North Coast Swim Club in Astoria, OR and the Head Coach of Seaside High School Swim Team between 2013-2015. He was also the Head Age Group Coach of the Wild West Aquatic Club in Las Cruces, NM from 2008-2012 where he helped grow the team from 3 to over 80 swimmers, and helped produce multiple swimmers who went on to qualify and swim at the USA Olympic Trials. He started his career in coaching as an assistant coach with the Las Cruces Aquatic Team (New Mexico) in 2006-2007, where the team won the New Mexico Swimming State Championship.

As a swimmer for the Gig Harbor Peninsula Swim Club, Alex was voted by his peers as a team captain, and became a Senior Sectional finalist his Senior Year of High School. As a swimmer in New Mexico, he broke and held the New Mexico State record in the Men’s Open 50m BR that stood between the years of 2008-2011.

Alex believes in a disciplined, technique-first training in which swimmers are challenged to maintain proper technique in stressful, race-like conditions. First and foremost, he believes that racing is fun and swimmers should swim and enjoy every race like it is their last.

Elena Abbott

Assistant Coach

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Coach Elena has extensive knowledge about competitive swimming and training. She is a former National Swimmer from Russia. Elena is an outstanding coach with immense patience and kindness. She creates a fast-paced, disciplined yet enjoyable environment to make her swimmers swim fast without burnout. Her love of coaching and of the sport of swimming transfers to the athletes she coaches and that shows itself in their improved times and longevity.  

Aki A McFarlane

Assistant Coach

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"I strive to do everything I can to help young swimmers become the best athletes they can be."

Aki has a passion for coaching and the sport of swimming. He is well rounded in the sport, having been a technical Swim Instructor as well as Coach.

Coach Aki started swimming at the age of 4. He swam competitively for 11 years starting at the age of 7 and continuing through High School.  Two time WIAA High School State Champion in the 50 Free and 100 Back. Along with multiple other Top 8 Individual/Relay Performances at WIAA High School State Champs. Peninsula High School Records in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Back. Southern California Grand Prix Bronze Medalist in the 800 Free Relay. Was awarded the National Scholar Athlete Award. Multiple Top 8 Individual Performances at PNS 14+ Under Champs, Age Group Sectionals and PNS Senior Champs. 

Katherine Allen

Assistant Coach

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Jasmin Hight

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Michael McCune

President

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Tyler Bemis

Vice President

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Su Mi Kwon

Secretary

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John R Cotter

Membership

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Denise Dingess

Treasurer

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Gary Hughes

Board Member

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Sylvia James

Board Mmeber

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