Ron Allen Head Coach

Courtside Aquatic is pleased to announce the addition of Head Coach Ron Allen.

Coach Ron Allen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.  A NCAA Division II coach for 23 years Ron has coached over 100 NCAA All-Americans.  He has won conference titles at two different Universities, coached over 80 conference champions and been named conference coach of the year 8 times.  His teams at University of South Dakota placed as high as 3rd in the country for the men and 8th for the women.  His 1999 Men’s Swimming & Diving Team was placed in the USD Hall of Fame.  He has been Head Coach at South Dakota, Morningside College, Colorado Mesa University and most recently at Ashland University in Ohio. 

Ron also coached USA Swim Clubs in Vermillion, SD for 7 years and had a standout 4 years with the Cutthroat Swim Team in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  While with the Cutthroats Ron was named Western Zone Coach in 2011 and Idaho Coach of the Year in 2010.  He built a program in a rural community from 25 to 100+ and consistently sent swimmers to college programs of all levels. 

A native Oregonian, Ron is very excited to be home.  “I cannot tell you how happy I am to be back in Oregon and close to family and friends!”  Ron attended Beaverton High school where he played water polo and swam for 3 years.  He attended Lewis & Clark College where he also swam and played water polo.  He was a conference champion and made the NAIA National team.  Ron received Bachelor's degrees in both Psychology and Physical eduacation and received his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1990.    

Jessica Coats Head Junior - Age Group Coach

Coach Jessica has been swimming competitively for Oregon Swimming from the age of 5 to18. She started swimming at the Salem YMCA, from there she was swam on the Bearcat Swim Club, Canby Gators, Sweet Home Swim Club, and finished her club career with Corvallis Aquatic Team. She attended Sweet Home High School where she was a four-year varsity performer and four-time district champion in the 100 Fly. Jessica helped her team capture the 2016 and 2017 state championship title as well as the district title four years in a row. She is also a 15 time OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A state placer. In 2017, Coach Jessica was the state champion and school record holder in the 100 backstroke and two-time state record relay member in the 200 freestyle relay. Last year, she competed as a freshman at Wagner College, which is located in NYC.

Jessica has been the Head Junior and Age Group coach with an emphasis on stroke technique, competition readiness and fun!  Jessica took on the role of interim Head Coach during the transition between coaches and did a wonderful job.  Her experience has made her a better coach and a mainstay for Courtside Aquatic.

Coach Jess is excited to share her love for swimming and will continue to share her swimming knowledge with all of the Courtside swimmers.