Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John Wray Head Coach

John has been coaching in Newport since 2015. He coachedswimming for many years in Juneau, Alaska, both club and high school.

Gavin Santiago Assistant Coach/Dry-Land Coach

Gavin joined NST in the winter of 2013, starting his USA coaching career by working with and coaching the novice level swimmers. Gavin's career in swimming started his junior year of high school after he moved to Newport from New Mexico, high school was Gavin's first exposure to the competitive swimming world. Gavin swam through his senior year and then joined the club team where he swam for two years under coach Lamma. Gavin began teaching swim lesson's as a swim instructor at the Newport Pool in 2012, that same year Gavin volunteered as an assistant coach to the Newport High School Swim Team, which led him to become the  assistant coach of the High School team this past season.

Gavin just recently become a certified personal trainer and by doing so will take over the team's dry land training program.

Outside of swimming Gavin lives a very active lifestyle, from Biking and Running to Swimming and Weight lifting Gavin does it all.

Timothy Rash Assistant Coach

  Tim began as a freshman in high school swimming and playing water polo. After competing in both sports in college he found it was a natural progression into coaching. Starting with a summer only team Tim then helped build several highly successful programs through out the Pacific Northwest. In addition to coaching Newport Swim Team Tim also is the assistant coach for Newport High School.  Over the past 4 decade Tim has brought an enthusiastic and dynamic approach to coaching. Teaching confidence through their hard work he has paved the way for very successful athletes at all levels. Tim takes great pride in having many of his former swimmers return to have him coach their children. Helping families raise successful adults through competitive swimming is Tim's ultimate goal.  Outside the pool Tim is retired executive chef and culinary educator.  Creating in the kitchen for family and friends is truly a pleasure for him.

Maria Pettis Assistant Coach

Hi my name is Maria and I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. I joined my local club team when I was 6 years old and loved it.  After swimming on club I joined the high school swimming team in my town.  I swam varsity all 4 years.  After graduation I moved to Newport where I got a job as a lifeguard I have been life guarding in Newport ever since. 

Along with life guarding I have been a swim instructor here for 16 years. I love teaching kids to swim and be safe in and around water. When John asks me if I wanted to coach I said yes. I hope to help swim team kids to find joy in swimming and fitness. I met my husband at the pool and we have two awesome boys together. They both are on NST! I live on a farm with mules, a horse, chickens, fish and two water loving dogs. We hike, hunt, forage, swim, kayak and love out door activities. 

I am excited to be part of this NST family!

Board of Directors