My name is Tim Waud and I will be the new Coaches Chair for Oregon Masters Swimming. I would like to give you all a little bit of my background and experience as a swim coach.
I have been involved with the Oregon City Swim Team as a coach and athlete since 1977. My coaching career began as a student athlete at the University of Oregon. I started coaching at the University of Oregon Swim Camps from 1987-1990. Working with Dr. Don Van Rossen in 1987, I started the University of Oregon Club Sport Swim Team as a coach and athlete. In 1991, I was hired as a coach and counselor for the Stanford University Swim Camp. I coached on deck with NCAA Division I National Championship and U.S. Olympic Team Head Coaches. Later that year, I was hired by Oregon City Swim Team as an age group coach. I continued to coach both USA Swimming and the Oregon City High School Swim Team through 1997.
I began coaching United States Masters Swimming in 1992 at North Clackamas Aquatic Park with the Tsunamis’ Masters Swim Team. I am now the head coach for the Oregon City Tankers Masters swim team. Through the years I have been heavily involved in USA Swimming and USMS. I have been an athlete member of USA Swimming for Oregon City Swim Team, Eastmont Aquanauts, Mt. Hood Aquatics, University of Oregon, and Corvallis Aquatic Team. I have competed in Masters Swimming for North Clackamas Aquatic Park Tsunamis Masters, Portland Parks Masters, Oregon Reign Masters, Corvallis Aquatic Team Masters, and Oregon City Tankers. I have served on the Oregon Masters Swimming board as Vice-Chair and Souvenir Chair. I recently served as the Northwest Zone Chair for USMS for three years. I have attended several United States Aquatic Sports (USAS) Conventions throughout the years as a delegate for OMS. I have competed in and coached at over 16 USMS National Swimming Championships.
In 2014, I was selected as the head coach for the USMS World Championship team in Montreal. It was an honor representing over 1,500 USMS swimmers at this event. My position allowed me to hire three assistant coaches for this eight day event. Coaching at the World Championship was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I really enjoy the coaching community and have had the opportunity to connect with some of the most amazing coaches in USMS. I now serve on the USMS Coaches Committee, focusing on LMSC communications with coaches. I am currently an ASCA Level 3 and a USMS Level 4 Certified Coach.
I am really excited to represent the coaches in the Oregon Masters Swimming community. I hope to offer the membership valuable information which, in turn, will make your swimming experience fun and rewarding. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.