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Coaches

SSCD Coaches are here to support our swimmers and provide them with the best possible competitive swimming program. If you have questions regarding practices, meets, coaching and training philosophy, or any other swimming-related issue, please contact your group coach or the Head Coach. The staff is listed below.

Coaching Staff

Doug Rusk

Head Coach

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High Performance & Senior Groups

 

Doug Rusk has been coaching swimming for 34 years. Before becoming the Head Coach of SSCD in 2013, he was the Head Coach of Longhorn Aquatics, at the University of Texas in Austin. His swimmers have had success at all levels including National and International, and focus on competing successfully at the highest level of their abilities, and prepare for continued success in collegiate swimming and beyond. Coach Rusk wants his swimmers to set high standards for training and competition, and believes we always need to look for ways to improve. At each step of a swimmer’s career, he believes it is important to develop the tools necessary for future success, and that all the coaches and training groups in the program must be coordinated in this.

Rusk coached Amber McDermott, who at age 16 was the high point winner at the 2009 U.S. Open, where she won the 400 Free, 800 Free, 1500 Free, and was 2ndin the 400 IM.  Her time of 8:27.62 in the 800 Free was the top time on the 2009-2010 National Team. At that same U.S. Open, he also coached Samantha Tucker (age 17) to a U.S. Open title in the 200 Free, and Annemarie Thayer (age 16) to a 4thplace finish in the 200 Back. Coach Rusk was also a USA National Junior Team Coach for the 2009 World Cup Series. In 2012, he coached Christian Schurr to a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team for Mexico and a National Record in the 200 Breaststroke (2:12.81). From 1990 to 2008, Rusk was the Head Coach of Salmon Bay Aquatics (Seattle, Washington). In his 18 years at SBAY he had unprecedented success for a team of only 95 swimmers, with swimmers competing successfully at the National level every year since 1993. This included 8 Junior National Champions and nine top-8 finishes at Nationals and Olympic Trials. He was named PNS Senior Coach of the Year in 2000.

As a swimmer, Doug Rusk was high school State Champion for Kennedy High School (Burien, WA), went on to be a National qualifier, and qualified for the 1984 Olympic Trials. He trained under some of the great coaching legends. These include: Doc Counsilman (Indiana University), Bill Rose (DeAnza, Mission Viejo), Jim Steen (Kenyon), Jack Ridley (Chinook), and Bob Steele (Southern Illinois, USA Swimming Master Coach).  Doug graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, in 1987, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics. Doug and his wife Alice Shelly have a daughter Maren, 14, who swims for SSCD.    

Lisa Pace

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Gold & Silver Groups

 

Lisa swam competitively 15 years in the Pacific Northwest for CSC, Totem Lake Swim Team and the University of Washington.  Enjoying  the “swim community” after college, she continued for 20+ years with USA Masters Swimming as a National level 200 & 400 IM’er, 500 freestyler and part time backstroker.

Lisa has been coaching summer leagues, athletic clubs, high school, Masters & USA swimming for over 40 years. Watching age group swimmers achieve their goals of top 200, top 100, top 16, top 10 and #1 in the USA  has been incredibly rewarding to her.

Lisa’s philosophy:  “Swimming gives the gift of health and learning about self that can last an ENTIRE lifetime.”   I enjoy seeing swimmers learn something new about the water and themselves in the water every day.  Swimmers’ learning occurs through continued methodical practice and attention to detail.   I love to watch a young person become curious about what they are personally capable of!  Watching friendships form, “swim family” form, training partnerships bloom, priceless!  

I am currently and ASCA Level 3 coach and have been active in PNS with the technical planning committee, been the PNS Women’s leadership liaison and have attended  both the Safe Sport seminar and Disability / Paralympic seminars at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.    I love looking for ways to bring learning and success to our swimming community! 

Tom Pardee

Coach

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Bronze, Dolphin, & High School Training Groups

 

  • Swam competitively for 13 years for CSC, Lakeside High School, and University of Houston, graduating with a business degree.  
  • Head Coach for Summer League, 20 years.
  • Head Coach High School, 20 years.
  • Club coach, 32 years, with the last 13 as the Head Coach.
  • Favorite activities outside of coaching are boating in the San Juan’s and traveling to Scotland.

 

Coach Tom will be in charge of the Bronze, Dolphins, and High School Training groups, and will also assist with other groups as needed. I am excited to have Tom on our staff. He brings 40 years of coaching experience, with extensive time coaching EVERY level of swimming. Tom’s track record of success in developing age group and Senior swimmers is in the top tiers of PNS.

Cole Westendorf

Assistant Coach

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