BARRACUDA COACHING STAFF
Jon Clark, Head Coach
Jon especially enjoys working with novice adult swimmers. Jon's emphasis is on technique. Because there’s a wide variety of abilities and needs among swimmers, Jon prepares several workouts, and makes sure that each swimmer finds his or her level. Jon observes everyone’s technique and freely offers individual consultation.
Tim swam competitively at the club, high school, and college levels in California. He started swimming Masters in the early '80s. Tim enjoys open water swimming and has participated in open water competitions for over 30 years. Tim believes concentrating on good technique and a balanced stroke are keys to improving. He likes to give purposeful workouts focused on achieving the swimmers' goals.
Born and raised in Bethlehem, PA, Sara has been swimming competitively for the past 27 years. She swam for the Atlantis Aquatic Club and then continued her swimming career at Penn State University where she was named captain her senior year and was part of two Big Ten Championship teams. She has coached summer, high school, club and collegiate level swim teams since 1999. Her coaching style focuses on stroke technique and quality over quantity, which she attributes to her own personal experiences with the Atlantis Aquatic Club. Sara moved to Oregon in January of 2015 and it was easily the best decision she has ever made. She still competes today and has attained United States Masters Swimming Top Ten National Rankings in backstroke events for the past seven years.
Nick has been professionally coaching for 15 years. He started on the East Coast in Pittsburgh where he coached the middle school, high school, and club teams in the suburb of South Fayette. When he moved out West, Nick worked with a couple different teams before starting his own, Krakens Swim Club at Bethany Athletic Club. Unfortunately, the swim club outgrew the pool and it was time for him to move on. He has been coaching for the Thunderbolts club team now for two years.
Shanks made his way from the East Coast to the West, where he's found a home with the Barracudas. He started coaching Masters for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, GA and coached with the Whitefish Bay team in Mequon, WI while building a DIII women's triathlon team at Concordia University Wisconsin. Shanks is a triathlete and coaches a few individuals as part of Shanks Coaching. He is probably the odd one in the bunch and will try to increase your stroke rate, as he has an eye for open water swimming. You'll find Shanks on deck Tuesdays and various other times as needed.