Coaches & Directors
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.
Coaching Staff

Natalie J Turner

Head Coach


Personal Information

Natalie is originally from South Lake Tahoe, California. Natalie attended Whitworth University where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice and minors in Psychology and Peace Studies. 


  • ASCA level 2 certified
  • Assistant Coach South Tahoe High School Swim team
  • Assistant Coach Coeur d'Alane Area Swim Team
  • Assistant Coach/Site Manager Spokane Waves Aquatic Team


  • Started Club swimming at age 7 for the Tahoe Swim Club
  • Swam for South Tahoe HIgh School for 4 years
  • 2006 Nevada State Champ in the 200 freestyle
  • Four-time Swimmer of the year for Whitworth University
  • 2010 Female Athlete of the year for Whitworth University
  • Whitworth University record holder in the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle
  • Northwest Conference Record Holder in the 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle
  • Four-time Northwest Conference Swimmer of the Meet 
  • 12-time NCAA Division III All American


Michael R Woodward

Head Assistant Coach/Senior Coach


Michael Woodward is the Head Assistant Coach and the Head Senior Coach. He has been coaching for the Waves since 2011. Michael graduated from Whitworth University in 2011 where he received his B.A. in Graphic Design. While at Whitworth he competed on the Men's Varsity Swimming Team and helped lead the Pirate Men to continuous victory by being a repeat Conference Champion in multiple individual events and relays, compete on the national stage as an Honorary All-American Athlete at the NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving National Championships, and set multiple individual and relay Whitworth school records. He brings his knowledge and passion for the sport to coaching, and loves the opportunity he has been given to be a part of the Waves.

Swimming Accomplishments: 

  • 13 years of Competitive Swimming experience
  • Member of the 2005 Oregon Zone Team
  • Oregon Swimming Top 5 in 2006 and 2007
  • 2007 Oregon Short Course Championship High Point Recipient
  • 2007 OSAA High School 100 Free, 200 Medley Relay Champion
  • 4 Year Varsity Letter Holder for Whitworth University Swimming
  • School Record Holder in 100 and 200 Free
  • Member of School Record Holding Relay Teams in 200 & 400 Medley, and 400 & 800 Free
  • 2010, 2011 NCAA Div. III Honorary All-American

Coaching Information:

  • Senior and Masters Coach for Willamalane Swim Club (Springfield, OR)
  • Four years Swimming Instructor experience (children to adult)

Hailee C Meyers

Bronze/Silver Coach


Personal Information:

Age 21. Currently attending Whitworth University as a Senior, pursuring Political Science and English degrees, hoping to begin a career in the publishing industry after graduation in 2015. She is currently in her four year coaching for the Waves and hopes to continue through her last years at Whitworth.

Swim Information/Related Work Experience:

Swam for the Waves for eight years, starting at age 10.

Started working for Whitworth University as a lifeguard/water safety instructor at 17.

As of now, has worked five summers for Whitworth Aquatics, teaching all ages and skill levels.

Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/Water Safety Instruction Certified.

Recently earned her Lifeguard Instruction Certification so she can teach others to be lifeguards.

Is currently employed with Whitworth University as the Head Lifeguard and is also interning for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers during the fall of 2013.

Board of Directors

George Nachtsheim



Keith Lambert

President Elect


Kent Merrick

Past President


Kathy Davies-Crane



Jennifer Gray

Volunteer Coordinator


Art Shervan

Meet Director


Colleen Geschke

Voting Member


Cindy Ellis

Voting Member


Natalie J Turner

Team Administrator


Steve Schadt

Aquatics Director


Sharon L Underwood

Masters Representative