COACHING STAFF

 

Jody Braden
Head Coach/CEO - Matt Dishman Community Center

Jody is a challenging, compassionate, and stroke detailed coach who uses resources like sports psychology, nutrition, and dryland training to help each athlete to reach their full potential as a swimmer and as a human being. Jody’s approach has led numerous swimmers to winning titles at Junior Nationals, Senior Sectionals, Age Group Regionals, and OSI Championships. Two swimmers represented PAC at the 2016 Olympic Trails and one of his former Age Group swimmers represented Canada in the 2004 Olympic Games.  

As a world class swimmer himself, Jody represented the Bellevue Club at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free, and 200 Free.  In 1991, he represented the United States at the Pan- American Games in Havana, Cuba winning a silver medal in the 400 IM.  In college, he swam for the University of Washington where he was a 4 time All America swimmer and a Pac- 10 Champion in the 400 IM.  He was inducted in the UW Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Bishop Blanchet High School Hall of Fame in 2016.  His coaching career took off after compeitive swimming and he spent 12 years coaching with the Bellevue Club for before joining PAC in 2004.   

Jody and his wife Debbie (former swimmer at Oregon State) live in Vancouver, Washington with their daughter, Sophie, and dog, Cooper.  Their son, Beau, goes to school at WSU and plays football for the Cougars.  When Jody has down time, he loves to watch college football, go to concerts, or other sporting events.  He loves to explore the food (especially breakfast!) scene in Vancouver and Portland. 

Jesse Raskauskas
Head Site Coach - Mt. Scott Community Center

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.
 

Danny Weinberg
Head Coach - Southwest Community Center

A Midwesterner at heart, Danny grew up in Illinois and has been swimming since the age 8.  Danny specialized in butterfly and IM and was a 2-year captain and all-sectional water polo player at Highland Park High School (HPHS).   After graduating from college, Danny began coaching at HPAC in the club’s maiden season and eventually became the head coach in 2010.  Throughout his tenure, Danny was able to grow the club from 70 swimmers to over 200 swimmers.  Danny coached several Illinois State Age Group Champions, swimmers in the National Age Group Top 10, Speedo Sectional Qualifiers, and Junior National Qualifiers.

Looking to climb more mountains and pursue more challenging bike rides, Danny relocated to Bend in 2016 and then Portland in 2018.    When Danny’s not on the pool deck, you can likely find him up skiing, hiking, or paddling on one of the nearby lakes.  

 

Lauen LarsenLauren Larsen
Head Coach - Columbia Pool

Lauren has coached for nearly 10 years and is creative and passionate with an excellent eye for stroke technique. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Lauren grew up swimming and playing water polo. At De Anza College in Cupertino, California, she was a member of the Coast Conference Championship swim team in 2009 and 2010. Lauren was Athlete of the Year in 2009 and went on to swim and play club water polo for San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley. Once Lauren started teaching swimming, she quickly progressed to becoming a deck supervisor, to a pre-competitive coach, and then an age group competitive coach. Lauren coached high school athletes in both swimming and water polo and was the masters coach and aquatic coordinator for UC Berkeley. 

In 2018, Lauren and her fiance, Diana, moved from their home from Santa Cruz, California to Portland, Oregon. Lauren was accepted into the Lewis & Clark Masters of Teaching program and graduated in July of 2019. She currently is a licensed social studies secondary teacher and substitutes around the Portland Metro Area. She can not wait to get to the pool and be at home with the chlorine in the air! 

 

Margaret Preston
Assistant Coach – Mt. Scott Community Center

Margaret is no stranger to the PAC family!  She swam her 8th-grade year at Columbia and her junior and senior year at Mt. Scott and Dishman. While attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, her love of the water continued and she played club water polo.   

Along with coaching for PAC, Margaret is keeps plenty busy. She works at Portland Parks and Recreation as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She is also completing her degree in Human Development & Family Sciences at the OSU Portland campus and coaching the Grant High School water polo team! 

 

Daniel Nyounai-HerreraDaniel Nyounai-Herrera
Assistant Coach – Southwest Community Center

Daniel's fun-loving personality, a strong sense of team spirit, and determination for excellence is the perfect fit for PAC. He coaches Portland Parks and Recreation’s Blue Makos and Summer Swim League, as well as working as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Daniel started swimming competitively at the age of six. His love of swimming never slowed down, and he served as the team captain during his junior and senior year at Wilson High School. 

Daniel is currently studying business and music at Portland State University. The arts, especially vocal performance, has always been a huge part of his life.

 

Lily DonohueLily Donohue
Assistant Coach – Dishman Assitant Coach

Lily began her swimming career with Portland Parks and Recs and the David Douglas Swim Club. She attended Boise State for two years then transferred to California State University Bakersfield and was the swim team captain her senior year. After graduating, she coached a small swim team outside Auckland, New Zealand. It was there she fell in love with swimming all over again! She returned to the U.S. and began working as a realtor and continued to pursue swimming as a way to support a healthy work life balance.
 
When Lily isn't coaching or selling houses, you can find her at her favorite yoga studio, cooking up something vegetarian, or exploring the beautiful Columbia Gorge with friends!
 

Scott Miyako
Assistant Coach – Columbia Pool

Growing up in Southern California, Scott began swimming at the age of 6 with the Valencia Summit Seals. His love for swimming continued with the Canyons Aquatics Club for the next 10 years. Scott specialized in freestyle and butterfly sprint events and held multiple club records. In high school, Scott got his first taste of coaching with the Summit Seals. While attending UCLA, Scott continued to swim recreationally and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. Over the last 13 years, Scott has been an entrepreneur; starting, operating, and selling 6 businesses. He is currently the CEO of Portland Razor Company, LLC.

This past year, Scott decided to get back to the water and he currently works as a swim instructor, lifeguard, and swim coach for East Portland Community Center. He finds so much happiness working with swimmers and is honored to be joining the PAC coaching staff.