Pam Braseth is a retired youth coach and teacher. She was a High School and College Basketball player. Pam graduated with degrees in Food Science and Nutrition, Education and Business Mgt who taught High School and coached basketball in the 80’s, coached baseball, tennis and softball in the early 90’s, before becoming a swim coach after her family came to Fort Walton Beach in 1994 through a military move.
Shortly after arriving Pam began to teach swim lessons at the local YMCA, coach adults in 1996 and youth in 1998. During her 20 years as a resident of Fort Walton Beach, Pam served on the Y board, and stepped in to help Choctaw Swim Team . At the same time she took on the role as the Volunteer Head Coach of the Play Swim Team.
After those positions were filled, she was asked to help with Fort Walton Beach High School’s team and the Bluewater Barracudas year round team. Within two years she was named Head Coach of both Teams. During this time she also started the LJPS middle school swim team.
Pam formed a 501c3 non-profit organization with the Bluewater Barracudas and was the Coach for 6 years until she medically retired in 2010.
Pam coached 10 years with the FWB Vikings, 2 as Assistant Coach, 7 as Head Coach and 1 as a volunteer to help the team transition to a new Head Coach. After forming the Liza Jackson Lions Swim Team, Pam coached the team through 12 seasons.
In 1996, Pam and her husband Bruce with another couple opened Dragon Sports to provide the swimming, biking and running community members with quality athletic gear at fair prices. 18 years later, the store has the same mission and supports the community through sponsorship of local teams, races and other community events.
Working “part-time” now, Pam is a Tax Preparer with 30 years experience, she coaches adult swimmers and triathletes through the Masters Swim Team – OLD1 and continues to work in the family business.
Pam is a member of Impact 100, an organization of women that financially support local non-profit organizations by empowering women as philanthropists and leaders.
Pam is married and the mother of 2 Okaloosa County Middle School and High School swimmers. Her oldest son, Pete, played Water Polo for 4 years in college and continues to swim on the Masters Team. Her younger son, Mike, is a triathlete like his Dad, racing distances up to and including the Ironman. He too practices with the Masters Team.