Our Coaches

Head Coach

Tom Pardee - On deck at Helene Madison Pool

Tom was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, swimming with both Cascade Swim Club and the University of Houston. He has been coaching since 1986. 


Associate Senior Coach & Head Age Group Coach

Lisa Pace - On deck at Madison Pool

At 6 years old Lisa was swimming for Cascade Swim Club.  She swam for Shorecrest High School and got a swimming scholarship to the U of Washington where she graduated in psychology with a strong emphasis in anatomy and science. Lisa’s coaching philosophy is to instill a passion for swimming and water that carries a young person on their journey through life understanding fitness, patience, perseverance, accountability, personal excellence, friendships and relaxation. The skills learned swimming on a team, physical and emotional, are so valuable they will last a lifetime. Lisa's started coaching with Cascade Swim Club in 2005.

Lead Age Group Coach

Dillon Cady - Age Group I, Queen Anne & Ballard Pools

Dillon started swimming summer league for Seattle Tennis Club and Madison Maddogs (under Tom Pardee) at age eight.  He joined Cascade at ten, and swam for Lakeside during high school.  He joined the Cascade Sr. Team in 1989, under Steve Witcher.  He qualified for Junior Nationals in 1992 in the backstroke events and 200 IM.  By 1994 he had qualified for six Junior National time standards: the IM's, backstroke, and breaststroke events.  He was also the Washington State Champion in the 200IM and 100 Backstroke in 1994.  Dillon swam in college for The Ohio State university under Bill Wadley, and the University of Washington, under Earl Ellis.  He swam at Nationals in both IM events in 1998.  During college and high school he accumulated six years of summer league coaching experience under Tom Pardee.  After college Dillon coached with Cascade from 1998 until early 2001 at Evans (AGI and HS Dev) and Shoreline pool (AGIII).  He returned to substitute coaching in 2007, and has been coaching full time again in 2010.

Derek Young - Age Group I, Evans & Shoreline Pools

Derek joined the Cascade Swim Club staff in April 2018. Immediately prior to Cascade, Derek served as the Head Coach of the Sandhills Sand Sharks in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Before that he spent three years with Nation’s Capital Swim Team (NCAP) and the Arlington Aquatic Club. During his eight years on deck he has worked with swimmers of all ages and achievement levels.

Derek’s swimming career started in the Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL) when he was 6 years old with an ill-fated relay appearance for the Lincolnia Park Lazers. In addition to his local summer league team, Derek also swam for the Arlington Aquatic Club for 10 years. In 2000, Derek graduated with a degree in marketing from the University of Maryland. At Maryland he was a member of the varsity swim team and letter winner.

Age Group Coaches

Pete Colella - Age Group I & II, Aqua Club Pool 

Pete Colella has been around swimming all of his life, growing up in a swimming family and competing for Cascade Swim Club for 10 years before moving on to the University of Washington where he swam for four years ending up as an All-American and the Husky record holder in the 100 Breaststroke. Pete has been teaching and coaching swimming since the age of 16 at many different levels. Currently he is head coach of the North End Otters Masters program, an assistant coach for Aqua Club’s Summer League team and the Age Group 1,  2 and Intro coach for Cascade’s programs at Aqua Club. Pete’s coaching philosophy is making kids want to swim and compete by challenging them to accomplish things in the pool that they didn’t know they could do. He has a great passion for the sport of swimming and wants kids to learn proper technique and enjoy the entire process of training and competition in a sport that can be a part of their life for many many years.

Josiah Clark - Age Group III, Aqua Club Pool

Josaiah Started swimming at age eight at Yost pool, and began year-round swimming with Cascade the same year. He also started swimming with Aqua Club summer league swim team the following summer at age nine, and competed for both over the next nine years (ten for Cascade). Josaiah primarily swam the 200 and 100 breaststroke, as well as the 200 and 400 IM. He also swam at Inglemoor High school, and swam one year of Division III college swimming in Illinois, placing third in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke his freshman year at the 2015 Midwest Conference Champs. He has coached two seasons of summer league swimming, in addition to three months for the North End Otters masters swim team based in Shoreline.

Mike McCloskey - Age Group I & HS Development, Aqua Club Pool




Mary Lippold - Age Group III,  Aqua Club Pool




Ron Portelance - Age Group I, II & HS Development, Ballard Pool

Ron is in his thirteenth year of coaching swimming, the first four years at Salmon Bay Aquatics. He enjoys all aspects of Club swimming including being a parent of swimmers and has served on the PNS Board from 2006-2010. His swimming career started at the age of 11 in Victoria BC with a team in its infancy called the Juan De Fuca Cohos, which today is part of the large swimming association of Island Swimming. After swimming through High School, Ron ventured south of the border to swim at the University of Washington under Earl Ellis from 1974-78. In Toronto, he competed at the 1976 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 200 Fly.  Still an active swimmer, participating in the 2007 National Masters Short Course Championships meet, placing 6th in the 1000 free and 8th in the 400 IM, in the 50-54 age group. During the college years, he would spend the summers in Victoria, life guarding and teaching swimming to all ages. It was then that he thought he may like to coach someday, but never dreamed it would take 30 years.

Carlos Palacian - Age Group II & III, Ballard Pool




Max Perry - Age Group III & Blue Ribbon, Ballard Pool




Tyler Lippold - Age Group II, Shoreline and Evans Pools

I've been swimming competitively for about 20 years now, and since I started coaching, I love the sport more than ever. This is my fourth year coaching for Cascade, and eighth year coaching high school. I swam for various year round clubs and a summer team as a kid, and joined Cascade's Senior Team at the beginning of high school. I still relish those memories and the good friends I made there, some of who I'm very close with to this day.

Shawn Fukumoto - Age Group III, Shoreline and Evans Pool

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.

Erin Warren - Age Group II & III, Queen Anne Pool




Emma McGee - Age Group III & Blue Ribbon, Queen Anne Pool




Mark Nicols - Rainier Beach Pool


Mark has been coaching with Cascade since 2007.  He was a competitive swimmer from kindergarten to college.  He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Kentucky University in English and a Master's Degree from Seattle Pacific University in Education.  For over 10 years he coached the Franklin High School Girls and Boys Swim Teams as well as the City of Seattle's Summer Swim League programs at the Rainier Beach and Medgar Evers pools.


Tsuki Hall - Rainier Beach Pool




Tianna Duncan - Rainier Beach Pool