Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Aaron Hughes Head Coach

Head Coach and Age Group Program Director

UPAC Head Coach Aaron Hughes has been a part of the Puget Sound swim community for over 15 years in a variety of roles including USA Club Coaching, WIAA High School Coaching and as the Aquatic Operations Director for the University Place School District. As Head Coach of Curtis Vikings Girls Swim, he has mentored and inspired swimmers to pursue excellence in the pool, classroom and as community members. He now carries that philosophy to UPAC where Aaron directs the Pre-Senior training group and oversees all age group programs. 

Trever Gray Senior Coach

Senior coach Trever Gray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to UPAC that is unrivaled in the Pacific Northwest. His experience includes:

Coach for 20 years including club/masters/collegiate/high school

- Coached swimmers to Olympic Trials/National Championships/State Champions

- WIAA coach of the year (2000)

Trever has been a competitive swimmer for 30 years including: 

- 2x Olympic Trials Qualifier himself (1996/2000)

- Ranked top 16 in the world in 200 backstroke (2000)

- University of Arizona All-American and school record holder

- 2016 U.S. Masters Swimming All Star

UPAC swimmers will also benefit from Coach Trever’s knowledge base. Trever holds a Masters of Science in Integrative Human Physiology and a B.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition. Coach Trever’s main job is professor of anatomy and physiology and nutrition at Tacoma Community College.

While all this experience and knowledge is great, Coach Trever prides himself on being able to connect with each swimmer to achieve their goals. As he states,

“To win, not for the sake of winning, but as an expression of desire, planning, and execution of hard work and dedication. My goal, as a coach, is to holistically and safely develop student-athletes who are unbound, adaptable, and self-confident; Student-athletes who cultivate innate self-actualizing tendencies to develop their own physical and mental capacities. Through education, I hope to inspire these intrinsic motivations allowing the team to maximize potential.”

Elena Abbott Assistant Coach

Coach Elena has extensive knowledge about competitive swimming and training. She is a former National Swimmer from Russia. Elena is an outstanding coach with immense patience and kindness. She creates a fast-paced, disciplined yet enjoyable environment to make her swimmers swim fast without burnout. Her love of coaching and of the sport of swimming transfers to the athletes she coaches and that shows itself in their improved times and longevity.  

Abhi Larson Developmental Group Coach
Coach Abhi is a former state level swimmer who had his start on UPAC. Abhi specializes in working with swimmers newer to the sport by helping them to learn and hone techniques across strokes, develop a natural feel for the water, and navigate the competitive scene. He enjoys finding creative ways to teach drills and making swimming fun for everyone he works with. Patience and perseverance, paired with a desire to expand his pedagogy of swim instruction, make Abhi a great coach and excellent member of the UPAC coaching staff.
Patrick Keough Developmental Group Coach

Coach Patrick is a national level swimmer who holds PNS records and raced at the 2020 Olympic Trials as one of the top 100 Fly swimmers in the United States. As a former age group swimmer for UPAC for several years, he is thrilled to help foster both a fun and competitive environment on the team. Having recently come from the highest level of competitive swimming, Coach Patrick hopes to employ his experience to inspire swimmers to fall in love with the sport and pursue their goals.

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