Coaching Staff
Sophia Stone-Holmbeck Head Coach

Coach Sophia's cell phone: (360) 609-1030

Coach Sophia started her coaching career with the Grinnell Tigersharks as a volunteer coach.  She also coached the Beloit Aquatic Team with the beginner swimmers and finally with Tornadoes Swim Team.  She started with our younger swimmers and is now the Head Coach working with the middle school and high school groups. She began swimming at age 7 with the Grinnell Tigersharks in Grinnell, Iowa. She went on to swim with the Grinnell High School team and then on the Beloit College Swim Team..

Sophia loves to see swimmers drop times and enjoys watching kids experience the excitement of overcoming a challenge or accomplishing a goal. Her favorite stroke is butterfly and in high school she earned letters in swimming all four years. She was also the team captain in her senior year at college and won most spirited two years in a row. In college, she was a team captain and earned letters three years.

Her funniest swim story is when she was about 8 or 9 years old and she finished her 50 breaststroke in a different lane than she started in! Most of all she has great memories of playing cards at meets and long car rides with friends.

Coach Sophia married Andrew in 2010 and is a full time mom with two rambunctious little girls. She has a passion for swimming and loves to help all swimmers enjoy their swim team experience.

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must possess the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Megan Sherwood Head Age Group Coach

Coach Megan's cell phone: (503) 504-4062

Coach Megan started swimming competitively at 5 years old for Chehalem Swim Team in Newberg, Oregon.  She swam all through High School.

Having grown up at the pool, Coach Megan feels at home teaching kids the love of swimming.  She loves showing them that swimming is more than just laps and her favorite part of swimming are the meets.  She enjoys the competition and being able to help kids see how hard work pays off when they get a best time.  She started teaching swim lessons when she was 15 years old and taught until finishing college at Oregon State when she was 22 years old.  She has taught all ages, but loves working with younger kids.

Coach Megan's favorite stroke is the back stroke, but says that there isn't anything better than swimming a fast 50 yard freestyle.  In her free time, she spends time with her two girls and son, her husband, and her black lab.

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must possess the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Colette Crabbe Assistant Coach

Coach Colette's cell phone: (503) 799-3562

Coach Colette grew up in Belgium. After an almost drowning accident when she was seven years old, she learned to swim when she was 10 and was one of the toughest kids to teach. She refused to put her head in the water, no matter what! Eventually, she joined a year-round competitive swim team where she developed good swimming technique as well as discovered the benefits of hard work and organization.

In Belgium, she progressively improved and started to have national Belgian records in individual medley, mid-distance and long-distance races. Freestyle is her weakest stroke but she had a very good endurance. She was on the national team and traveled all over Western Europe and the world for competitions. She participated at 2 European championships, 2 worlds and the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal where she finished 12th in the 400 IM.

After a long break to create a family, she restarted swimming when one of her daughters decided to join a swim team. It was then she discovered the joy of masters swimming and all the benefits linked to it. Her daughter is now grown but Coach Colette’s passion for swimming is still very much alive.

In high school she volunteered with the swim team, then eventually became the assistant coach and then the head coach at Clackamas High School (Oregon). She moved back to Belgium in 2011.

In Belgium, she was a swim coach for The British School in Brussels swim program for age group swimmers. She also coached a group of 8 to 12 years old pre-competition swimmers at the local swim team where swam on the master adult group.

When she moved back to the Vancouver, WA, she joined the Tornadoes and is sharing her strong passion for swimmer with our swimmers.

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must possess the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Sarah Denney Assistant Coach

Coach Sarah's cell phone: (360) 281-6120

Coach Sarah has been teaching swim lessons at the YMCA for over two years.  She coached CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) for two years and PCST (Propstra Community Swim Team) for nine months. She began her swim career with CYO in October 2005.  Since then she has swam for several teams, including St. Joes/Pacific Crest Academy, CRST, VSC, LHST, and Union High School.  She was team captain for her HS team and received "Most Inspirational" on the team, three years in a row. 

She loves to help students achieve their goals and watch them improve, especially when she sees the excitement in their eyes when they realize a goal!  Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly.  During her time with VSC she received an award for "Most Inspirational" and "Most Improved". 

Sarah remembers her very first swim meet. Her Mom and Dad had no idea what they needed, so she went to the meet with one towel.  She had no idea what she was doing!  On the car ride home she asked her parents, "Was I swimming against other children?"  They laughed and said "Yes!" 

Sarah's credentials include Lifeguard certification, CPR/First Aid, Red Cross Certification, and all OSI coaching requirements.  In her free time she continues to teach swim lessons at the YMCA and is studying at Clark College to be an elementary school teacher.  When she's not at the pool she loves white water rafting, snow skiing, and her favorite TV show is Supernatural.

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must possess the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Board of Directors
Deborah Gray President
Jenny Simpson Vice President
Sarah Stout Secretary
Breshelle Pederson Co-Treasurer
Tracey Yotsuuye Co-Treasurer
Jon Anderson Board Advisor