Our Coaches

Cascade Lead Coaches

David Orr Madison
Pete Colella Aqua Club
Ron Portelance Ballard
Becky Woodruff Queen Anne
Mark Nichols Rainier Beach
Tyler Lippold Shoreline
Kara Forbis Evans

Cascade Assistant Coaches

Mike McCloskey - Race Prep, Aqua Club



Shaelen Grant - Red, Aqua Club

Shae’s love for the sport of swimming and the swim community as a whole began when she started competing at the age of 8. Though she started coaching with Cascade recently (Fall 2018), Shae has been coaching in the greater Seattle area for the past four years. She can’t believe she gets paid to do two of her favorite things: work with great kids and teach them about the best sport in the world. Shae’s coaching philosophy is centered around building confidence, personal accountability and responsibility, and teamwork. She stresses technique, and mindfulness while swimming, especially at walls and during finishes. Shae is about to graduate from the University of Washington with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Public Policy & Economics. She hopes to go to graduate school in the near future and pursue a career in mental health policy and research.

Katie Davidson - Blue, Ballard

Katie’s love for swimming began at Aqua Club when she started summer league swim team at age 6. She then swam competitively for 12 years at Aqua Club, WAVE Aquatics, and Cascade Swim Club before swimming for four years at Whitman College. Go Blues! She decided she wasn’t quite ready to give up summer league swimming and headed back to Aqua Club where she has coached for the last 4 years. She also has coached the Seattle Prep High School girls swim team for a year now. Katie‘s goal as a coach is to emphasize technique, teach kids how to push themselves, and help them enjoy being part of a team. When she is not at the pool, Katie enjoys hiking, skiing, and running with her chocolate lab.

Mary Lippold - Blue/Red, Ballard

Max Perry - Red/Blue Ribbon, Ballard

Shawn Fukumoto - Blue, Evans & Shoreline

My name is Shawn Fukumoto. I have been teaching swimming since 2008 and coaching since 2012. I grew up having a passion for the water and swimming and started to competitively swim when I was 9 for a summer swim league and Cascade. My passion for the sport of swimming and it's competitive nature came back when I was given the opportunity to coach for Shoreline summer league, which has been a part of my entire life. Since then it's become my goal to help instill into new swimmers a love of swimming and the water. My goal is to make sure that swimming continues to be fun and a learning experience for the swimmers in AG 3.

Emma McGee - Red/Blue Ribbon, Queen Anne

Emma began swimming at 6 years old with Pusch Ridge Swim Team (renamed Oro Valley Swim Team) in Tucson, Arizona. She started with their summer swim team and by 10 years old was swimming year ‘round. Through her team, she did volunteer assistant coaching and received coaching training for 4 years. After graduating high school in 2016, she decided to go to Seattle Pacific University. Emma missed being in the swim community, which led her to a coaching position with Cascade. Emma’s coaching involves teaching kids to push themselves in the water, set goals, and learning proper technique. She stresses these things in practice, as well as sportsmanship, positive thinking and problem solving, and individuality. Emma’s planning on graduating from SPU in June of 2020 with a BS in Dietetics and wants to become a dietitian. Some fun facts about Emma are she enjoys hiking and yoga, is a foodie, knows American Sign Language, and has been to China!

Tsuki Hall - Assistant Coach, Rainier Beach