COACHES

 

April Cheadle - Head Coach ([email protected])

April grew up in the Apple Capital of the World in Central Washington where she graduated from Eastmont High School. She started competing in swimming at age 14 and competed all the way through college for the University of Washington. Her specialty strokes were long distance free style and the Individual Medley. In college she swam the 800 Free Relay at the NCAA division I level.  She is certified as a coach with the American Swim Coaches Association in both USA and United States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as assistant coach for the Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014. In October of 2014 April was award the Kerry O’Brian Inspirational coaching award from the United States Masters Swimming Association. Cheadle was selected for this award for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Re-energizing and Creating Opportunities for swimmers.April grew up in the Apple Capital of the World in Central Washington where she graduated from Eastmont High School. She started competing in swimming at age 14 and competed all the way through college for the University of Washington. Her specialty strokes were long distance free style and the Individual Medley. In college she swam the 800 Free Relay at the NCAA division I level.  She is certified as a coach with the American Swim Coaches Association in both USA and United States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as assistant coach for the Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014. In October of 2014 April was award the Kerry O’Brian Inspirational coaching award from the United States Masters Swimming Association. Cheadle was selected for this award for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Re-energizing and Creating Opportunities for swimmers.


Jim Stretch - Assistant Coach 

Known to his friends and teammates as “Stretch,” has spent a good deal of his life in the water.  He learned to swim at age six, was a competitive swimmer in high school (member of an All-American 400 free relay team, 1969) and college, and was an ocean rescue lifeguard at Huntington Beach, California in the early 70’s.  Stretch is formally trained as a marine biologist, served as a research diver and dive control board member while studying marine invertebrates from locales as diverse as the Sea of Cortez, Catalina Island, Santa Barbara, Chesapeake Bay, Bering Sea and Antarctica.  He has spent much of his professional career in higher education as both an educator and continuing education administrator.  Stretch has been a masters swimmer in the Pacific Northwest since the early nineties.  His love for the water combined with his professional experience and passions for swimming and teaching have naturally lead to his role as a BAM assistant swim coach.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Carruthers- Assistant Coach 

I first learned to swim in the Snake River, but confess that fear of swift currents and rumors of the fearsome  “Under Toad”, kept me from  enjoying open water swimming. Once our small town built an outdoor pool though, I was wet all of the time- swim team, lifeguarding and, best of all, teaching others to swim during College  summer vactions.  I first joined BAM in 1998 when i decided to take up triathlon racing  (and overcome my childhood fear of the Under Toad)   Swimming quickly became my favorite leg , and after 6 years, all of my racing was in Ray and at Masters Meets, including National Meets in Greensboro, Santa Clara, San Antonio and Federal Way. 

It was a great honor when April asked me in 2017 to become an Assistant Coach for BAM, allowing me to learn on-deck skills from a world class coach and mentor, and also encouraging me to spend even more time following that mezmerizing  black line. 

Day Job: Lawyer and  judge.   

Night Job: Local theater director.  

When I’m not swimming: I’m at the theater, with my grandkids, hiking in the woods or trying to learn what it’s all about from Alfie, my labradoodle.

Favorite Set: Anything April writes on the Board! 

Best (two) words for BAM: Camaraderie and Mastery

I swim because: It’s the most challenging, meditative and fun activity that I can enjoy with friends! 

Favorite post workout food: Scrambled eggs with saute'd veggies, and a tall latte with extra foam.