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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 one of the board members.

If you are interested in joining the Waves coaching staff please contact Head Coach Natalie Turner and take a look at our jobs page.

Coaching Staff

Natalie Turner

Head Coach

Email

Email: Natalieturner@spokanewaves.org

 

 

 

 

Coaching

  • 2011 Assistant Coach South Tahoe High School Swim team
  • 2011-2012 Assistant Coach Coeur d'Alene Area Swim Team
  • 2012-2014 Head Assistant Coach/Site Manager Spokane Waves Aquatic Team
  • 2014-Present Head Coach Spokane Waves Aquatic Team

Athletic

  • Swam for South Tahoe Swim Team 1995-2006
  • Swam for South Tahoe High School 2002-2006
  • 2006 Nevada State Champ in the 200 freestyle
  • Swam for Whitworth University 2006-2010
  • Four-time Swimmer of the year for Whitworth University
  • 2010 Female Athlete of the year for Whitworth University 
  • 12-time NCAA Division III All American

 

Michael Woodward

Head Assistant Coach/Senior Coach

Email

Email: mwoodward@spokanewaves.org

 

 

 

 

Coaching:

  • Senior and Masters Coach for Willamalane Swim Club (2007)
  • Assistant Coach Spokane Waves Aquatic Team (2011-2012)
  • Assistant Coach and Site Manager for Spokane Waves Aquatic Team (2013-2014)
  • Head Assistant Coach and Head Senior Coach (2014-2016)
  • USA Swimming National Junior Team Coach (2015 & 2016)

Swimming

  • Swam for Willamalane Swim Club (1998-2007)
  • Swam for Thurston High School (2003-2007)
  • 2007 Oregon Short Course Championship High Point Recipient
  • 2007 OSAA High School 100 Free, 200 Medley Relay Champion
  • Swam for Whitworth University (2007-2011)
  • 2010, 2011 NCAA Div. III Honorary All-American

Kathryn Teske

Cheney Coach Site Manager

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Kathryn is a Spokane native who began swimming with Spokane Area Swimming at the age of 7.  She then swam for Spokane Waves and represented Inland Empire Swimming on two Zone teams before moving to Missoula, Montana, for high school.  In Missoula she swam for Missoula Aquatic Club and Hellgate High School.  As team captain she led the Hellgate High School girls team to a 3rd place finish at state in 1999.  She earned a scholarship to swim at Rutgers University where she earned a B.A. in History and Journalism and an M.Ed..  She returned to Spokane and teaches AP U.S. history and newspaper journalism at Central Valley High School.  Kathryn and her husband have two children who she hopes will love swimming as much as she does – though they are a little young to join the team at this point!  She looks forward to returning to coaching and sharing her love of the sport with a new generation of swimmers.

Swimming Accomplishments

  • 15 years of competitive swimming
  • Inland Empire Zone Team member (1995, 1996)
  • Montana high school state champion (1997, 1998, 1999) and high school state record holder, 200 free and 500 free
  • Montana Swimming state records in almost all freestyle events
  • Junior National competitor in mid-distance and distance freestyle events (1997, 1998, 1999)
  • varsity letter earner for Rutgers University women’s swim team which finished in the top 3 at Big East Conference each year, team captain senior year
  • member of school record setting 800 freestyle relay at Rutgers

Coaching Experience:

  • head coach of Spokane Parks and Recreation summer swim team (2001-2004)
  • graduate assistant coach for Rutgers University men’s and women’s swim team (2003-2004)
  • head coach of Cheney High School girls and boys teams (2004-2008)
  • assistant coach for Spokane Area Swimming (2008-2012)

Board of Directors

Rick Philllips

President

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Keith Lambert

Past President

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Brett Wanner

President Elect

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Colleen Geschke

Treasurer

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Juli Kistler

Secretary

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Jessie Veselka

Volunteer Coordinator

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Samantha R Sentenn

Athlete Rep

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Natalie Turner

Head Coach

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