COACHES

 

Kathleen Roberts - Interim Coach

Kathleen Roberts serves as Interim Head Coach for Portneuf Valley Swim Team.  She has five decades aquatics experience, including 15 years spent coaching swimmers and a lifetime of teaching swimming to others.  She coached Pocatello’s youth swim team, then known as FAST, from 1989 to 1998. Her inclusive coaching style and enthusiasm for sport helped grow the team from 30 swimmers to its peak of 118 kids.  She returned to aquatics in 2011 as Assistant Coach for Lava Heat Aquatics, using those same skills to help grow this rural team from 1 person to 55 kids. She also served as the Heat’s Swim Lessons Coordinator, creating and running a fantastic Learn-to-Swim program in Lava Hot Springs.  She recruited and trained instructors as well as developed a unique and efficient curriculum to bring lessons to over 1,200 individual kids annually. She has coached swimmers from small to big, both fast and less fast, including collegiate athletes Hannah Ross, Chris DeYoung, Allison McInturf, Melissa Hopko, and Karen Homstad. Under her leadership, FAST won the 1996 Snake River Winter Championships--and in case anyone wonders, yes:  Boise brought a full team that year. 

 

Kathleen comes from an impressive athletic background.  She would be embarrassed to be called “ahead of her time,” but she was a pioneer who helped make it possible for girls to be athletes too.  She ran track in high school (despite her high school not offering that women’s sport) breaking 1:00 in the 440 yards in 1967. Her running abilities led her to the sport of Luge where she competed for the United States Women’s Luge Team for over a decade and represented her sport at the United States Olympic Committee 1976-1978.  A three-time Olympian, she competed in the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Winter Games and 1970 and 1974 World Luge Championships.  

 

She cannot stay away from sport, and despite her 2016 retirement, she returned to assist PVST in 2017 as a part time age group coach.  She has five grandsons and one granddaughter. She loves working in her yard and sewing, and she alternately follows bull riding, tennis, and cycling on TV.

 

Jonah Wilson - Assistant Coach

 

Bio coming soon . . .

 

 


 

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our Head Coach. 

 

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Alice Hebelein

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Stephanie Major

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Kristen Woodward

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Peggy Kaiser

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Jill Long

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Jessica Johnson

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Karen Homstad

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Caroline Wight

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Heather Clarke

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