Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Rick Guenther Head Coach

Rick came to the Corvallis Aquatic Team in September of 1990 with a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Willamette University. He swam competitively for 10 years and has been coaching swimmers since 1987.
Rick began coaching for the Hickam Hurricanes in Honolulu, Hawaii. After a year in Hawaii, he moved to the University of Northern Colorado to work on his master’s and gain collegiate coaching experience with their women’s varsity swim team. Upon completing his degree in December 1989, he moved to the Las Vegas Gold Swim Team in Nevada. There he served as assistant coach in charge of the developmental team and team recruiting. Rick has been a licensed massage technician since April 1994. In his life beyond swimming, Rick enjoys family adventures with his wife and two boys along with surfing, skiing, and paddle boarding.

Coaching Achievements: 4-time National Junior Team Coach; 2-time National Team Coach; 2011 USA Swimming World Junior Championships (Peru) Coach; 1995 Oregon Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year; 1996, 1997, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 Oregon Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.  

Brandon Coach Head Age Group Coach

Brandon started on the Corvallis Aquatic team as a swimmer in the summer of 2002. He swam with CAT through high school and represented them at the 2016 Olympic Trials where he competed in the 200 Backstroke and 1500 Freestyle. Brandon swam at the University of Utah for 4 years where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Kinesiology.


During his time in Utah, Brandon coached the developmental groups at the South Davis Aquatic Team and was the head swim coach for East High School. Brandon is a Certified Personal Trainer and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. He still enjoys training and competing and has his sites on Olympic Trials in 2021. Outside of the pool Brandon enjoys reading good books, game nights, and spending time with his fiancé, family, and friends.

Layton Kirsch Senior Assistant Coach
Chloe Knievel Priewe Developmental Coach
Chloe is originally from Bend, Oregon, but moved to Corvallis in 2010 to attain a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Oregon State University. 

Chloe began teaching swim lessons in Bend back in 2009 and has been teaching ever sense.  She worked at Osborn Aquatic Center from 2012 - 2016, holding various positions including Assistant Program Coordinator for the swim lesson program, Administrative Assistant, and several others.  Throughout College, she also interned several times for an organization called Camp Adventure Youth Services which contracts with the Department of Defense to provides various services to United States Military children and youth abroad.  She has directed aquatics programs in Spain, mainland Japan, and Okinawa.    

Chloe joined CAT as the Novice coach from 2015-2016.  She then moved back to Bend and was the Head Coach for the Juniper Swim League from 2017-2018 and also coached for Bend Swim Club.  Chloe returned as the Novice coach for CAT in 2019.


Board of Directors
Karen Edwards President
Holly Morag Past-President
Josh Hall President-Elect
Pat Berg Treasurer
Rick Guenther Head Coach
Cressa Campos Secretary
Claudia Daly Masters Representative
Todd Wheeler Osborn Representative
Ellery Miehl Athlete Representative
Sophia Bell Athlete Representative
Chris Brandt Member at Large
Richard Montgomery Member at Large
Scott Shaff Member at Large
John Edwards Athlete Representative
Ellie Leeming Athlete Representative