Coach Lauren Gray
Coach Gray began her swim career at the age of 5 for a small team in Acton, MA. During her time in the pool she swam at local levels and for USA Swimming. Coach Gray specialized in backstroke and butterfly and swam for a Division 1 high school (Lincoln-Sudbury) and a Division 1 university (University of Maine-Orono).
Coach Gray went on to become certified in both the State of Maine and the State of Massachusetts for Water Safety, Certification in Teaching and most recently she has become USA certified.
Coach Gray believes in hard work and determination. Coach gray has led the boys to the first time boys Hockomock boys league champs and girls Hockomock champions for the first time in OA history. OA swim went on to win the Hock Sportsmanship award, another monumental accomplishment for OA sports.
Assistant Coach Bill Palmer
A swimmer for 45 years, Coach Palmer swam for Westwood High School and made States in 4 events (500 Free/ 50 Free / 2 Relays) as a freshman. Swimming runs in the family, as his brother did the butterfly, and sister swam at Holy Cross and International Competitions. Coach Palmer attended Providence College where they had no pool or team, but he helped get the pool and athletic center built (1979-80).
In addition, Coach Palmer is a father of 3 children (Tommy, Jimmy, and Timmy). Coach Palmer has coached numerous youth baseball, soccer and basketball teams in the past. Currently, Coach Palmer has been the assistant coach of the Oliver Ames Swim and Diving Team for several years. Go Tigers!!