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.

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



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.


Natalie has coached all levels of swimmers but primarily works with the Age Group program on the Waves. Natalie believes that every swimmer is important to the over-all function of the team. Her goals in practice are for the kids to be challenged, have fun and be proud of the accomplishments every day.

  • ASCA level 2 certified
  • Assistant Coach South Tahoe High School Swim team
  • Assistant Coach Coeur d'Alene 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 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)

Kathryn Teske

Cheney Coach Site Manager


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



Keith Lambert

Past President


Brett Wanner

President Elect


Colleen Geschke



Juli Kistler



Jessie Veselka

Volunteer Coordinator


Samantha R Sentenn

Athlete Rep


Natalie Turner

Head Coach