Meet Our Coaches




Sarah Bradley, Head Coach, Swim School, Pre-Comp, Bronze, Silver and Masters

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Coach Sarah grew up in Gresham, OR as a multi-sport athlete from age 8 (primary sports were swimming, water polo, and softball). She competed at the Jr. National level in water polo, traveling to competitions across the US, Canada, and Brazil. She then swam and played water polo for San Diego State University on a water polo scholarship, winning 3rd at Nationals in 1996 and 1997. Sarah started teaching swimming at age 16 and continued teaching and coaching in various capacities through college. In 2002 she became a certificated elementary school teacher, specializing in early elementary, Reading Specialist, and Special Education.  In 2010, Sarah became a Swim Lesson Coordinator, running a large learn to swim and developmental swim team program for about 10 years. During this time, she became actively involved in American Swim Coaches Association and United States Masters Swimming certification programs and trainings/clinics. Currently, ASCA Level 5 educated and USMS coach level 3 certified.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and extended family and friends. Her son, who grew up as a competitive swimmer, is now an adult and serves in the US Navy.


Candi Eslinger, Assistant Coach, Gold 

Coach Eslinger brings over 30 years of competitive swimming and coaching experience to the Ellensburg Area Swim Team.  Growing up as a competitive swimmer, she swam through the ranks of age-group club swimming, high school swimming, and was a member of the CWU Swim Team from 1986-1988.  


Eslinger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion design from Central Washington University in 1991 and returned to earn a teaching degree in health education and family and consumer sciences education.


Before being hired as the Gold group for EAST, Eslinger was head coach of the Ellensburg High School Girls Swim Team from 2017-2021 & 2004-2006, she was the Head Coach for EAST from 1991-1999, 2006-2012, & 2014-2017. From 1999-2003 Eslinger was the Head Women’s & Men’s Swimming Coach at CWU. Eslinger has coached swimmers at all levels from Regionals, Zones, Sectionals, Junior and Senior National competition, and Collegiate Nationals.


Laurie Holt, Assistant Coach

Coach Laurie grew up swimming competitively from age 5 through college.  While swimming with CWU she was top three in nationals for the  200, 500 and 1650 freestyle.  She has coached 3 years for EAST and one year as assistant coach for Ellensburg High School.  She is also a certificated high school special education teacher and brings a strong educational background to her coaching practices.
Outside of swimming, Laurie has been married 24 wonderful years and stays busy with her 4 children, ages 14 - 21.  She also enjoys being outside in the sunshine for hiking, kayaking and camping and stays in shape with crossfit.