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Our club swims at four 'site pools' around Portland. Our swimmers, through swim practices, mentor practices, swim meets, and social outings, benefit from exposure to different styles and strengths of each individual coach! 

 

Scott Miyako - Head Coach

P1, P2, P3, Senior Coach | ASCA Level 3 | SSDC Strength and Conditioning Certified

Scott has been coaching with PAC since 2019. He has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities and currently works with PAC's Performance groups.

 Scott's love for swimming began in 1991 as an age group swimmer in Southern California. He graduated from UCLA in 2007 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and began a career as an entrepreneur soon after. One of Scott's business ventures brought him and his wife to Portland in 2014. In 2015, Scott was diagnosed with cancer and had a long and challenging fight to survive. He attributes a lot of his ability to fight cancer to lessons that he learned from swimming and other sports. In 2018, Scott made the decision to return to aquatics as a swim instructor, a Summer Swim League Coach, and as Head Coach of the Grant High Swim. In his first year back in aquatics, Scott received recognition from PP&R as Swim Instructor of the Summer, received the SSL Excellence in Coaching Award, was named PIL Swim Coach of the Year, and led the Grant High girls team to 1st place at district champs and the boys team to 2nd!

Since joining PAC, Scott has worked with every group and held every coaching and admin position. Scott has coached several National Age Group Top 10 and Top 100 swimmers and taken senior swimmers to multiple National level championships. In 2022, Scott was selected to be a part of the Oregon Age Group All-Stars coaching staff and was named the Head Coach of the Oregon Western Zone Age Group Champs team. Scott has found true purpose in coaching and is passionate about teaching swimmers important life lessons through swimming. He believes that focusing on creating excellent people is the path to excellent swimming. He loves every minute of his time on deck and is proud to be the Head Coach of PAC. When off deck, you will find Scott enjoying time with his wife, Alex, playing guitar, drums, and violin, riding or racing mountain bikes, motorcycles, and karts, surfing, or learning something else fun and new!

 

Jesse Raskauskas - Mt. Scott Lead Site Coach

P3, Senior, Gold, Silver, Bronze Coach | ASCA Level 4

Jesse has led our program at Mt. Scott since 2002. His favorite thing about working with swimmers is that it doesn’t feel like work at all! Sharing in swimmers' joy when they achieve personal records in the pool is a highlight. Growing up, he swam with the Corvallis Aquatic Club and Corvallis High School. He excelled in multiple events including freestyle, backstroke, and relays. He finished his senior year as team co-captain. Jesse then spent a few years working as a lifeguard, camp counselor, and swim instructor before he realized his talent for teaching. He moved to Portland and received a master’s of teaching from Concordia and now teaches in the David Douglas School District.   

Jesse and his wife, Jamie (they met through their shared love of swimming - both lifeguards), their two small children, and two enormous labradoodles named Winchester and Macguyver, live near Mt. Scott. When not sleep-deprived or changing diapers, they enjoy lazy days on the river and spending time outdoors with the family.

 

Margaret Preston - Parkrose Lead Site Coach

P3, Senior, Gold, Silver, Bronze Coach | ASCA Level 2

Coach Margaret has been a swimmer for as long as she can remember! She first joined swim team in middle school, starting with summer swim league, and then moving onto PAC in 8th grade. She swam with Coach Tom at Columbia for a year before taking a step back to focus on high school. She swam varsity in high school for all four years, swimming the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly (until senior year where she traded out fly for the 200 free), and re joined PAC her Junior year of high school and swam with Coach Jesse at Mount Scott for a brief few weeks, before bumping up to swim with Coach Jody at Matt Dishman for the remainder of high school. After high school Margaret started coaching for summer swim league that summer right after high school, and continued for three years until she was able to take a step up and be the program specialist for the program for another three years! During college she played club water polo at OSU, where she is currently finishing her BS in infant and child development. She moved back to Portland in 2018 where she was able to coach Grant High School water polo for one season, and was able to start her first year coaching for PAC with Coach Jesse! Her favorite events are the distance freestyle events, but she loves to encourage new and young swimmers to figure out what gives them joy in the sport! She is so excited to be the lead site coach at Parkrose and is ready to take on the leadership that will require. GO PAC!!!

 

Orin Bentley - Southwest Lead Site Coach

P3, Senior, Gold, Silver, Bronze Coach

 

I began swimming competitively at age 7 and fell in love with the sport right away. I continued to swim throughout my youth and eventually became captain of my High School team. I first coached swimming for my age group team the summer after my senior year. I then earned a swim scholarship from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, where I was ranked top 20 in the nation in the NAIA division, in the 100 FLY, 200 IM, and 1650.

 

After a long break from swimming, I returned to competing as a masters swimmer in 2011. This is when I first considered coaching again. I was soon hired as an assistant coach for Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley California in 2012. It was then I realized coaching swimming was my true passion.

 

By 2014 I was Head Coach of Castro Valley High and Temescal Masters Team in Oakland. I was also coaching for a USA swim team, rec team, and coaching part time for the UC Berkeley Masters team. Throughout my coaching career, I have worked closely with many great coaches, including former NCAA Champions and Olympians. I also hold two teaching credentials and have worked as an educator and a coach for over ten years. I have learned from all the great coaches and teachers I have worked with and incorporate what I’ve learned into my own coaching style and philosophy. As a coach and an educator I always strive to help all my swimmers improve and reach their full potential, in and out of the pool. I am very excited to be coaching for PAC and to be a part of such a wonderful swim community.

 
 

Chelsea Krisanda - Assistant Performance Coach

P1, P2, P3 Coach

Chelsea has been swimming all her life! She began swimming competitively at age 6 and participated in club swimming throughout her youth in upstate New York. She competed for her high school varsity team, earning all-county and state honors, and went on to compete at the NCAA Division I level for the University of Vermont. During her college career, Chelsea specialized in the IM and butterfly events. She broke varsity records in the 200 and 400 IM and earned America East All-Conference honors in the 400 IM.

After graduating from UVM with a B.S in psychology, Chelsea coached for club teams in Vermont and New York and competed in Masters swimming before moving out to Portland in 2016. Chelsea recently graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine with her Masters of Acupuncture and is working towards her career as an acupuncturist. Since moving to Portland, she has taught private swimming lessons for all ages and is excited to get back into club swim coaching! Chelsea has turned her competitive drive towards powerlifting in the last three years, and in her free time enjoys lifting weights, hiking, skiing, playing the piano and cello, and snuggling with her dog, Juniper.

 

MJ Ulrich - Assistant Performance Coach

P1, P2, P3 Coach

It all started when I was 6. I would drag my feet on the way to sports practices because I hated the feeling of being sweaty, so my mom convinced me that you can't be sweaty in the pool. It was just not possible! And that is what launched two decades of 4 am alarms, ripped caps, broken records, missed cuts, calf cramps, lost voice, sore muscles, DQs, and pep talks. 

Growing up in northern Virginia, I was in the pool and on the pool deck any chance I got. From club meets, to high school practices, to summer league pep rallies, it was the people that kept bringing me back and the euphoric feeling of making a cut or seeing a friend drop time that made me stay. 

I took a splash in the D1 pool, where I swam for the Virginia Tech (#gohokies) 2014-2018. I dove into nutrition and leadership studies, where I melded my passions for sport and personal development, knowledge that I want to bring to PAC! I have coached all ages, at all levels, and really focus on #bringingtheenergy. I want to teach swimmers to love the sport and provide them with the right motivation to get them excited about setting goals, breaking a sweat, and swimming fast. See you all on deck!

 

Jason Kobbe - Assistant Coach

Gold, Silver, Bronze Coach | ASCA Level 1

Jason is a Mathematics major at the University of Portland who has a deep passion for the sport of swimming. He is technique driven and is focused on helping swimmers be the best they can be both in and out of the pool. He encourages swimmers to think not about winning the heat but beating personal records. He also encourages supporting fellow teammates, especially those who are competing. Jason realized his love for coaching after coaching a mock swim team for Tualatin Hills known as Splash. It was through this experience that he found watching swimmers progress in their swimming careers to be something quite fascinating. Jason started his journey into aquatics back in the summer of 2017 via being a lifeguard. Jason attends the University of Portland as a Senior. His academic plans are to get a BS in Mathematics then a Combinatorics Ph.D. later on. Some of Jason's hobbies include biking, going for walks, trying out new restaurants, and hanging out with friends.

 

Raina Schutz - Assistant Coach

Gold, Silver, Bronze Coach | ASCA Level 1

Hi all! I am Assistant Coach Raina Schutz. In 2018 I became the assistant coach for Grant High, and then became the head coach in 2021. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with coaching, as I have always enjoyed working with kids. Since I began working with PAC, in 2022, my main focus has been building a solid foundation of basics for swimmers to learn and grow from. In addition to coaching swim, I have been in martial arts for nearly 10 years, and have occasionally helped teach the younger kids at my gym. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and cuddling with my cat Pippin.