Head/Black Squad Coach
Geoff has coached all
levels of competitive swimming, beginning with the Portland Summer
League from 1988 - 1991. He has worked with swimmers at all levels
of abilities from novice children under 8 to 18 year olds with
Olympic trial qualifying times. Geoff’s background includes
coaching at Portland Parks Swim Team from 1992 – 1995,
Parkrose Swim Club from 1995 – 1996, then Lake Oswego Swim
Club from 1996 – 2004. Geoff coached Grant High School from
1993 – 1996 and Lake Oswego High School from 1996 –
2002. After moving to Salem he started the High School team at
Blanchet Catholic School in 2004; he worked there until 2008. Geoff
was also a college assistant coach at Lewis and Clark College from
2000 – 2002.
Geoff is a graduate of Linfield College, and was a member of their
swim team. He also earned a Teacher's License from Warner Pacific
College, focusing on teaching history and social studies.
In addition to coaching swimming, Geoff has worked as an Aquatics
Manager, and is a Certified Pool Operator and Certified Aquatics
Administrator. He has had over fifteen years of experience staffing
swimming pools and running aquatics programs. His experience
includes Aquatics Management at Portland Parks and Recreation from
1990- 1993. He was the Aquatics Director at River Place Athletic
club from 1994 – 1996, and then became the Assistant Director
at Lake Oswego Pool from 1996 – 2004.
As a Life Member of American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA),
Geoff takes learning new skills seriously and is invested in
providing a high level of training for his staff here at NWA. He
attends the yearly ASCA convention, networking with the nations'
elite coaches and keeping updated on the latest trends in coaching
technique. All of our coaches work together to share and learn new
competitive swimming training techniques and plans.
On a personal note: Geoff is married to Natasha Tiffany, M.D. They
are native Oregonians who met in Portland while swimming on the
same team. Together they are active in supporting Salem area
charities, schools, and the arts and they love spending time with
their daughter, Emma (10), and son, Matthew (7).
Currently Geoff meets with parents by appointment.
available by phone/text:
7AM - 8PM*
Follow Geoff on Twitter:
*Geoff never answers his phone or texts during practice time,
team meetings, or after 8 PM.
Red Squad Coach
“I look forward to
meeting with all parents and kids who are either interested in the
swim team, swim lessons or just want to talk swimming. I
pride myself on being accessible and ready to
Justin brings a wealth
of knowledge and experience to our age-group program. He
is a 2009
graduate from Oregon State University with a BS in Psychology.
Nearly all his work experience has been in teaching athletes of all
ages how to swim well. His love of swimming and his drive to work
hard is outstanding. Coach Justin is great at working with all
levels of swimmers.
Justin started his
aquatics career in 2000, beginning as a Swim America Instructor and
certified Ellis and Associates lifeguard at Olinger Pool. From 2003
to 2004 Justin was promoted to the Pool Manager position at
Olinger Pool overseeing the
lessons program and staffing of the pool. In 2004, Justin moved to
Portland where he worked as a swim instructor and junior lifeguard
Since 2005, Justin has
been the Head Coach at Illahe Hills Country Club. In 2008, Justin
was promoted to Pool Manager at Illahe, in charge of staffing the
pool, overseeing the swimming lesson program, and managing special
events at the pool, in addition to his coaching.
While Justin was
finishing his degree in Psychology at Oregon State, he worked at
Corvallis’ Osborne Aquatic Center as a swim instructor and
Justin has a strong
passion for teaching kids of all age groups and abilities to learn
the essential skills of swimming while creating a fun, supportive
atmosphere. When working with kids, he is always looking to
meet each individual swimmer where they are with skill and comfort
while infusing self esteem, goal setting, and the motivation to
Justin is available by
S - S 10 AM - 8
White Squad Coach
Stephanie Bobb is no
stranger to the pool. She started her swimming career at the
age of 10 at the Salem Family YMCA. After four years, she moved on
to SAC (Salem Aquatic Club), where she swam under Al Stephenson. At
the age of 15, she volunteered to teach swimming in a Learn to Swim
Program at the YMCA.
She has had a life-long commitment to teaching and coaching in
Salem. She has lifeguarded, taught lessons, and coached at the
Salem Family YMCA, Courthouse Athletic Club, CYO Sharks Swim Team,
and Sprague High School.
Stephanie has also coached and mentored local students with
special needs. She traveled with the Oregon Special Olympics
to the Regional Championships in BC Canada and has coached local
athletes with autism.
Stephanie lives in South Salem with her husband Steve and their
four children, three dogs and four cats. Stephanie's children
are Chris (20), a junior at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana,
and a lifeguard at the KROC Center during school breaks; Katlyn
(17), a junior at South Salem High School and a member of the
Varsity Dance Team; Brenon (15) a freshmen at Sprague High School
and a member of the Freshman Baseball Team; and Ayden (11) a sixth
grader at Howard Street Charter School who plays both baseball and
Stephanie works full-time as a District Sales Manager for Avon
Products, Inc, and when she isn't at the pool, she is usually
watching her children’s sporting events or -- as a season
ticket holder -- rooting on the Oregon Ducks football
Stephanie's Available by
M - F 9 AM - 8
Albany Head Coach
Babette graduated from the University of
Oregon as a 4-year scholarship athlete and with a degree in
biology. During her summers at college she ran the
Elk’s outdoor pool and began a summer swim team there, while
doing neuroscience research at the University. After
graduation she worked as a lab research technician for
Shiner’s Hospital in Portland and swam for Multnomah Athletic
Club. Babs started swimming late with her first swimming
lesson at age 12. She loved watching the kids on swim team before
her lessons and joined the local Enumclaw Dolphin Swim Team at
13. She ended her competitive swimming career late as well,
attended her last national meet at the age of 28 before starting a
Babs and her family moved to Albany in 1993
when her daughter Briana was just months old. She became head coach
of Albany Aquatics and South Albany High School immediately.
After trying to balance family and her long weeks away with
swimmers to senior sectional, junior and senior nationals for five
years, she opted to spend some time enjoying her growing family
with the arrival of Zack in 1999. She interim coached for
Albany’s senior group two more times while they were between
coaches and began coaching the West Albany High School team in
2006. Babs coached Albany Aquatics mid level swimmers from
2006-2012 before coming to Northwest Aquatics.
Babette specializes in stroke problem
identification and correction, and helping athletes to understand
the purpose in making stroke correction to improve their speed and
efficient use of energy. She is an ASCA Level 3 coach
and has a strong background in nutrition, as well. In her
spare time, she does private lessons for competitive swimmers,
triathletes and adults. Her family enjoys spending time
together outdoors, especially at the beach. Kayaking, hiking,
biking and exercise are a few of her favorite activities.