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Meet The Coaches

Randy Trowbridge - Head Coach, Senior Coach

I am a native Olympian - grew up on the west side less than three miles from TESC and the pool.

I learned to swim at the Olympia YMCA and started competitive swimming with the YMCA team. From there I continued swimming through my years at Olympia High School where I swam for Don Martin. After high school I continued with swimming at the collegiate level competing for four years.

It was while in high school and college I began coaching swim - first at the Olympia YMCA, followed by time with an AAU team in Utah and eventually a stint at Western Washington University in Bellingham. After completing my college degree, I started coaching in the Olympia area and it was during this time that I was part of the founding of Evergreen Swim Club in 1983. Along the way I coached several club teams and guided a summer swim team. In time I moved to Verona, Wisconsin where I coached the Verona Aquatics Club from 1986 until returning to ESC.

To keep what could be a long recounting of my background to a short story, I am back where it all started and my dream is to guide as many athletes as I possibly can in fulfilling their dreams in competitive swimming. I believe the practice of our sport leads to individual qualities of leaderships, poise, and perseverance which are exemplary and critical for the future health of our communities. Additional benefits for the individual are the attainment of skills in self-motivation and actualization, qualities that contribute to success and fulfillment in life.

For both the swimmers and parents, I welcome the opportunity to become a positive influence in the growth of each swimmer.

Contact: esccoachrt@gmail.com

Megan Hoffman-Groups: Blue and Conditioning

Hello my is Megan Hoffman! I started swimming before I could walk. I started swim lessons when I was just 1 years old and was competing by the time I was 6 years old; you could swimming is all I know. I have been a part of Evergreen Swim Club for 11 years now as both an athlete and a coach. During my high school career, I juggled the responsibilities of competing for both Capital High School and ESC while being Captain of CHS’s Girls Swim Team and assisted coaching the Boys swims team. Since high school I have attended the University of Oregon, where a swam at a collegiate level while pursuing my degree in early childhood education.

Coming back to Olympia has been a dream since I am now closer to my family and get to spend all of my free time with three dogs. When I am not working on my chemistry degree at Saint Martin’s University, I enjoy laying on the coach with my three dogs, eating pizza, and cheering for the Oregon Ducks.

It’s a privilege to be coaching for the swim team that helped my grow as a swimmer and taught me hard work and the importance of time management for the past 3 years. I have worked with all levels of swimmers in the team including the green and red groups; it has made me so proud to see how much my past swimmers in red and green group have progressed and achieve their accomplishments. Now as the coach for Blue, Conditioning and Masters, I understand that life can get in the way, however my goal as a coach is to help my swimmers set personal goals, train hard and have fun while accomplishing them!

Contact: Hoffman.megan@icloud.com   or 360-790-1261

Ryan Retana - Red Group Coach, Masters Coach

I wanted to introduce myself a little bit! My name is Ryan Retana. I started swimming on a competitive swim team at the age of six, and continued on until I was about eighteen years old. After high school I went to culinary school, and decided to become a professional fine dining chef. I spent ten years in the culinary industry. Swimming helped me become very successful in the culinary industry. Swimming competitively taught me many important skills such as: work ethic, leadership, attention to detail, team work, and never give up on your goals! I still swim to this day, and practice other sports as well. I started coaching and swim instruction at the age of fifteen, and have always been connected. I have seven years of swim instruction experience!  

Contact:  360-214-0718  OR retanaryan72@yahoo.com

Abby Sullivan - Green Group Coach

I grew up in the Olympia area, and have been swimming o my entire life. I began my swimming career with Evergreen Swim Club when I was eight years old, and instantly fell in love with the sport. I swam throughout high school for Tumwater High School as well as Tacoma Swim Club. While competing for Tumwater I won five state titles, two of which were on relays with some of my best friends.

 After high school, I committed to swim for the University of Wyoming. Competing at the collegiate level was an incredible experience. Balancing practice, homework, and travelling throughout the country solidified my work ethic and time management. Each year of my collegiate swimming career I was a Scholar All-American Athlete, Mountain West Scholar-Athlete, and on the Dean’s List.  I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and am enrolled in Paralegal school. Upon completing my degree, I moved back to Olympia. Olympia has always been my home, and I am exciting to start the next chapter of my life here.

Coaching for Evergreen Swim Club feels like I have come full circle. This club instilled my love for swimming, and I am beyond excited to work with young swimmers as they begin their lifelong passion for swimming. As a coach for Green Group, my goal is to introduce competitive swimming, goal setting, and leadership skills in a fun and productive way.

 Contact:  abby.sullivan95@yahoo.com  OR (360) 480-8436