Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brad Robbins TTSC Head Coach

Coach Brad joined the TTSC family as the head coach in the fall of 2015. Brad, a Level 4 certified coach with the American Swim Coaches Association (top 8% of certified coaches in the United States), was previously the Aquatics Director and Head Coach for the HOX Swim Team at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, CA, the CEO and Head Coach of the Vacaville Swim team from 2013-2014, and coached for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team in Folsom, California, where he served as the Varsity group coach and Senior group assistant for 5 years from 2008-2013. He was honored as ASCA's Age Group Coach of the Year for Sierra Nevada in 2012, and was selected to the USA Swimming National Select Camp staff in 2019.

Brad's coaching career began in 1994, when he started working with summer rec league swimmers for multiple teams in the Sacramento area. He earned a BA with honors in psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2003. From there, he went on to earn a Master's degree in psychology from San Diego State University, where his thesis focused on sport psychology and the motivation of athletes. Before returning to California to coach the Marlins, Brad was the graduate assistant coach for the Ohio State University's men's swim team.

As an athlete, Brad competed in one season of collegiate swimming at Occidental College before an injury forced him to turn to running. His specialty strokes were breaststroke and sprint freestyle. As a track athlete, he was a long sprinter and middle distance runner, competing as a conference finalist in the 200, 400, and 800 meter races. He was also a regional qualifier in cross country.

Away from the pool, Coach Brad loves spending time with his family (his wife Bonnie and daughters Bailey & Briana), is an avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast, and still enjoys running, as well as other sports, including basketball, softball, and ultimate frisbee. 

Jared Mendez Age Group Coach

Coach Jared joined the TTSC coaching staff in 2019, working first with the Summer Splash program, and then with the youngest swim groups. Jared started swimming with TTSC in 2010 and continued to swim for the club, winning medals at high school states in the 200 and 500 freestyle and traveling with the club sectional team, until his graduation in 2018. He went on to swim division two for a year at Fresno Pacific University, after which he was sidelined by injuries. Away from coaching, Jared enjoys painting, playing games, and spending time with his three Dalmatians.

David Maker Jr Age Group Coach
 
Coach Maker is excited to be joining the TTSC family after a 7 year hiatus from coaching.  He is a Level 4 certified coach with the American Swim Coaches Association,  and was previously the head coach of the KNIK Swim Club in Anchorage, AK from 2006 - 2014.  He developed that team from 25 swimmers to 100 swimmers with numerous top-3 team finishes at both the Alaska Age Group Championships and the Alaska Junior Olympic Championships. In 2011 he was named the senior coach of the year for Alaska after 1 of his swimmers qualified for the US Senior Nationals and 2 qualified for US Junior Nationals.   During a 30 year coaching career he has had many coaching stops, one of his proudest accomplishments as a coach was with Brother Rice HS in Birmingham, MI where they won 5 consecutive state HS Championships and 1 Swimming World National Mythical Championship.
 
Coach Maker grew up in suburban Detroit, MI and attended Michigan State University where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering.  He spent 9 years as a Software Engineer with the Boeing Military Airplane Company and coaching in the Pacific Northwest before going back to school at Arizona State University to obtain his teaching credential in Physics and Mathematics.  He has been teaching since 1993 and just recently retired.  He is married to Marjorie, has 3 grown step-daughters who live in Alaska, Montana, and Ohio and a demanding English Bulldog Elsie. He recently completed an MS in Mathematics at Indiana State University and hopes to add some part-time adjunct professor work at one of the local universities in his spare time.  For enjoyment, coach Maker is an avid Detroit and MSU sports fan, enthusiastically reads any type of fiction, exploring the fabulous Portland food scene on "Date-Night" Fridays and swimming laps as frequently as possible.
Luan Lierman Assistant Age Group Coach
Luan aka Coach Lu and her family comes to TTSC with over two decades of experience in lessons and age group club coaching in Washington and Oregon. Luan swan for and learned from renowned coach Jay Benner (club coach of Olympians Nathan Adrian and Dana Kirk). She went on to swim at Whitworth University where she was was an All-American and place second in the state of Washington in the 100 Butterfly. Coach Lu has been instrumental to TTSC’s growing developmental program as she also has her sons participating in Junior 2 and Junior 1 groups. She brings an enthusiasm, compassion, and love of the sport.
Coach Lu is passionate about helping athletes of all ages appreciate the water. She is the CEO and founder of Lu’s Academy for Life, where she teaches water safety and stroke development. Coach Lu and her program prepares children to be safe swimmers for life and some pursue swim team to develop strength and endurance. Outside of the pool, Luan enjoys cooking, traveling and teaching Chinese. Luan’s love for teaching started in 2008, and currently teaches K-12 at West Linn-Wilsonville schools where she aims to inspire and encourage her students to use their gifts and potential to better their community and beyond.
Board of Directors
Melissa Beadnell-Hutton President
Matthew Farris Past President
Christina Cochran Treasurer
Geeta Glasser Secretary
Charlotte Gabriel Vice President & Fundraising Chair
Aaron Braach Meet Director
C. David Maxey Safe Sport Coordinator
Brenda Selby New Member Coordinator
Rachel Pazda Volunteer Coordinator