Coaches BAM


April Cheadle

Head Swim Coach –
April grew up in the Apple Capital of the World in Central Washington where she graduated from Eastmont High School. She started competing in swimming at age 14 and competed all the way through college for the University of Washington. Her specialty strokes were long distance free style and the Individual Medley. In college she swam the 800 Free Relay at the NCAA division I level.  She is certified as a coach with the American Swim Coaches Association in both USA and United States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as assistant coach for the Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014. In October of 2014 April was award the Kerry O’Brian Inspirational coaching award from the United States Masters Swimming Association. Cheadle was selected for this award for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Re-energizing and Creating Opportunities for swimmers.

Jim Stretch

Assistant Swim Coach, Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM)
Jim, known to his friends and teammates as “Stretch,” has spent a good deal of his life in the water.  He learned to swim at age six, was a competitive swimmer in high school (member of an All-American 400 free relay team, 1969) and college, and was an ocean rescue lifeguard at Huntington Beach, California in the early 70’s.  Stretch is formally trained as a marine biologist, served as a research diver and dive control board member while studying marine invertebrates from locales as diverse as the Sea of Cortez, Catalina Island, Santa Barbara, Chesapeake Bay, Bering Sea and Antarctica.  He has spent much of his professional career in higher education as both an educator and continuing education administrator.  Stretch has been a masters swimmer in the Pacific Northwest since the early nineties.  His love for the water combined with his professional experience and passions for swimming and teaching have naturally lead to his role as a BAM assistant swim coach.