Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Sean C Hutchison

CEO & Program Director


Sean Hutchison is an entrepreneur and former US Olympic Coach. He has owned and built businesses to be recognized as best in the world in their market, both in quality and innovation.  During the same time, he coached and developed world record holders and world champions.

As director of  King Aquatic Club (KING), Sean translates the following goals to the KING staff in pursuit of an evolutionary goal to be the best team in the world:
  • Effective teaching and learning strategies, when executed well, yield extraordinary results.
  • The game of swimming, regardless of whether the competitors are Olympians or just starting out, is a game of self-improvement.
  • Treat people well, but don’t confuse this with 'being all things to all people'. We best serve our members through standing by a commitment to high standards.
  • And, most importantly, DETERMINATION is more important to long-term success than perceived ‘talent’.

Along with serving as director of KING, Sean has been the CEO of  Aquatic Management Group, Inc. (AMG) since its inception in March of 2003. AMG was created to 'keep pools open' in the Greater Seattle area and currently operates public facilities more effectively and cheaply for local municipalities. Both Kent Meridian Pool and Mount Rainier Pool are AMG run facilities. AMG also offers consulting services for pools and athletic facilities, which are either in distress, or looking to expand their current operations.

Sean also heads up IKKOS, LLC. IKKOS (website: and Twitter: ikkostraining) applies advances in neuroscience – neuroplasticity – to learning movement patterns. The patent-pending IKKOS System teaches technique faster and more effectively than traditional methods. IKKOS’ clients include some of the top athletes, clubs and Universities in the United States and, more recently, South America. IKKOS System translates across all sports and has been used with high level golfers, basketball players, swimmers, triathletes and exercise specialists (core/physical development).

IKKOS and KING both share in Sean’s personal driving goal of helping people find ways to achieve what they didn’t think possible for themselves. He believes when you surprise yourself in one area of your life, the doors are open to surprising yourself in every area.

Doug R Djang

Co-Head Coach - (National) Federal Way


Doug Djang started coaching for King Aquatic Club in 2006. At the start of the 2009-10 season, Djang worked at the Mercer Island/Bellevue site then moved to the Federal Way site. Previously, Djang served as a subsitute coach, filling in where needed within the KING system. In college, Djang competed for three years for the Seattle University Redhawks earning All-American status. As a former KING National group swimmer under head coach Sean Hutchison, Djang will bring a wealth of experience to KING.

Ash G Milad

Co-Head Coach - (Nat/Senior) KING North


Ash Milad comes to us from the Washington D.C. area where he has been coaching on the U.S.S. level since his early years in college.  Ash was born and raised in Northern Virginia and graduated from Penn State.  At Penn State he coached age groupers with the State College Area YMCA and help found the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club.

Upon graduation, Ash returned to Northern Virginia and worked as Director of Managment for NVPools, Inc. While working for NVPools Ash coached for the York Swim Club and most recently Machine Aquatics and George Mason University.  He also has extensive experience with summer league teams.

Since joining the KING Staff in 2004 Ash has been a member of the PNS All-Star Team staff for the last three years and serves on the Pacific Northwest Swimming Board of Directors as an at-large member.  Ash and his wife Kate live in downtown Seattle and enjoy spending time with their dogs Moseley and Mable. 

Keith Ure

Lead Coach - (REG/Age Group) Kent


Keith is the Head Age Group Coach and began coaching with the Kent Area Dolphins, which is now King Aquatic Club, back in the Fall of 1987. Additional coaching experience includes 10 years of High School Head Coaching (Hazen & Evergreen High Schools) and 5 Years as a Summer League Head Coach (Kent Swim & Tennis Club). As a graduate from University of Washington and MBA graduate from Seattle University, Keith enjoys spending his free time supporting the Seattle Thunderbirds and working for the Boeing Company.

  • 1998, 2007 American Swim Coaches Association Age Group Coach of the Year - PNS
  • 2002, 2003 Pacific Northwest Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2006-07 PNS Technical Commitee Chair
  • 2007 Head Coach, PNS Pacific Coast All-Star Team
  • 2011 Assistant Coach, PNS Pacific Coast All-Star Team

Jonathan C Hiett

Coach - (Senior/Power) Federal Way


Jonathan began his swimming career at 4 years old and has competed competitively up until 2010. He currently holds records for KING Aquatic Club in the 100 & 200 meter breast for the 17-18 & Open age groups as well as the 200 yard breast in the open age group. Jon was a multi-year Ironman in high school and was also the state champion in the 100 breast and 200 IM his senior year. He was part of multiple conference championship teams and was a member of Auburn University’s National Championship team in 2007. At the 2008 Olympic Trials he competed in the 100-meter breaststroke. After transferring to the University of Michigan, he earned all All-Big Ten honors, became a NCAA Division I All-American and held 2 University of Michigan school records. He is also a Big Ten champion and SEC & NCAA finalist. Jonathan has recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science with a focus on Movement Science. Currently Jonathan is coaching the Senior & Power groups at KING.

Thomas C Cunningham

Coach - (Senior/Regional) KING North


Tommy began his swimming career at 10 years old for King Aquatic Club, where he went on to set multiple team and PNS records as a KING athlete. As a member of KING's National Group, he represented KING as a national championship qualifier in the 100-meter free. This success enabled Tommy to swim for the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship, where he specialized in the sprint events. After retiring from the sport as an athlete, he transferred his expertise into coaching when he began his coaching career for the Marine Hill's Swim Team. He had a big role in leading Marine Hills to its first ever All-City Championship in the program’s history and he followed the next year with leading them to another All-City Championship. Meanwhile, he also assisted in coaching KING’s Power Group and was greatly influential in helping two athletes final at Washington’s State Championship. Following his success with the power group and summer league, Tommy was appointed to be the lead site coach at the Mount Rainier Pool. His impact on the site was immediate as the group more than doubled in size and his coaching produced some of the top 8&unders on KING.
In 2012, Tommy took over the reigns of the KING North Age Group site, where the athletes quickly excelled under his tutelage. Since 2012, the athletes he has coached have set 41 KING records, 24 PNS records, and 2 National Age Group records. His athletes have set 53 national top-10 rankings and 16 all-time top 100 times.
In 2014, Tommy was named the Head Zone Coach for the PNS Zone Team where he led them from an 8th place finish the previous year to a 2nd place finish.
Tommy’s coaching style puts a large emphasis on teaching elite technique in addition to providing every athlete with the opportunity to be great.

Jordan G King

Coach - (KING Genius) - KNorth


I grew up in the Portland area, where I started swimming competitively for Tualatin Hills Swim Club at the age of 8. I qualified for my first Nationals meet when I was 14 in the 200 butterfly. I also swam for Westview High when I was in high school, winning the state team championship all four years. I was also a 3-time state champion in the 100 butterfly and was named the team captain and MVP my junior and senior years.

I followed my sister's footsteps and attended Texas A&M University on an athletic scholarship, where I swam for coach Steve Bultman. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience under his guidance and I qualified for NCAA's in the 200 butterfly and 200 IM my senior year, where the A&M women's swim team placed 4th. I graduated from A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Health in 2013.

I'm currently coaching at the KING North sites and I'm very excited to have been given this opportunity to coach for KING. I have always had a strong passion for swimming and I'm already enjoying helping out the swimmers with their strokes. 

Tomas J Mendez

Coach - (REG/Age Group) Federal Way


I began my swimming career when I was 8 years old with Hillsboro Swim Team in the state of Oregon. After graduating high school and competing with the club for 10 years, I continued my swimming career at Seattle University. Upon graduation with a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science, I was presented with a great opportunity to coach with KING Aquatic Club in October 2013. Ever since joining the team I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching our young, passionate, hard working athletes. I also get to work with other great, creative coaches who share my passion.

When I’m not coaching with KING, I enjoy staying fit, spending time with friends and family, and I also assistant coach at Pacific Lutheran University.

Paloma Dinkel-Ortega

Coach - (Age Group) KING North


Paloma brings over ten years of competitive swimming and coaching experience to KING. She was previously an age group coach with Whitewater Aquatics, where she worked specifically with the Novice and Developmental groups, as well as the high school power group.

Before coaching at Whitewater, Paloma coached and swam for Riverside Aquatics in Riverside, CA. She was a national level swimmer and still competes regularly in US Masters Competitions. Over the summer, Paloma competed at US Master Nationals where she won numerous individual and relay titles.

We are excited about the energy and passion that Paloma brings to her coaching and feel that she will be able to make an immediate, and long-term, impact on the team.

In her spare time, Paloma enjoys paddle boarding, yoga, crossfit, reading and working with kids.

Nathan D Hawthorne

Coach - Assistant Coach - King North


Nathan began coaching in 2006, with the summer club Normandy Park. After college he took the head coach position for the Highline High School Mens Swim program. Nathan joined KING in March of 2010 coaching Novice and Developmental at Kent Meridian. In 2011 he took over the Age Group position at Covington. He enjoys seeing his athletes develop their skills and find continuing success in the pool. Nathan is an avid WSU fan and alum and enjoys triathlon events and other outdoor activities.

Christopher E Ngy

Coach - (Assistant Coach) KM


Biography coming soon!

Adam J Hendren

Coach - (AG/KING Genius) Mt. Rainier


I have always loved water.  Even before joining a swim team, I spent as much time as possible in and around water.  My love for the water lead to me join a local YMCA swim team when I was 10.  I followed a friend, and I have loved competitive swimming ever since.  I swam through high school and qualified for All-American status in my favorite event - the 50 Free.

I then taught swimming lessons at that same YMCA, and soon got invited to help start an aquatic program at Tacoma Country and Golf Club. While working there, I dreamed of creating a summer league swim team, so I went for it.  This venture started slowly, but year-by-year, it picked up momentum. We created a strong summer swim program and inspired several athletes to continue to pursue competitive swimming year-round on club and high school swim teams. Just recently, we had one of our first swimmers in the program become a coach for our team. This was a rewarding experience for me.

After coaching the Physical Genius groups at KING's Fife Swim Center and King County Aquatic Center locations for two years, I had a chance to move to Mount Rainier to coach the Age Group and Physical Genius programs; I’m enjoying it! I have loved being a part of the KING team. I am fueled by my passion for the sport and a desire to grow an outstanding program at MR. I absolutely love to share the fun of this sport with the swimmers and their families. It's great to work hard, have fun and continue to improve together.

Marley J Prothero

Coach - (Age Group) Tahoma/Covington


My swimming life began at age 4 with my summer league team, Kent Swim and Tennis Club. Shortly thereafter, I started competing year round for KING. To that mix I added 4 years of high school swimming with Kentwood High School and continued with all three until I graduated from Kentwood  in 2008.I feel fortunate to have been able to swim for all three teams as each offered a unique experience about swimming; competition, community, and having fun. I went on to swim for 4 years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Qualifying and competing in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke are definite highlights. 

On the deck side, I coached for UNLV the year after I graduated, followed by a move back home to coach for the Kent Swim & Tennis Club, and as an Assistant Coach for Kennedy High School; most recently, coaching for KING. It's come full circle for me, and I love it!

Why KING? The high level of excellence helped shape me as an athlete. That same commitment exists today. Coming back to coach with KING is a way to combine my passion for the sport, to build directly on the foundation that helped develop skills and traits that helped me in and out of the pool. What traits?: A good work ethic, a positive attitude, leadership, and life-long friendships. It's great to be back!

Outside of swimming, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, yoga, baking, camping -- and to stay active, I'm really getting into triathlons!

Catherine M Peter

Coach - (KING Genius) KM


Catherine started swimming with Husky Swim Club when she was 10 and transferred over to Highline Swim Club. After graduating from Highline High School, she attended Central Washington University on a swimming scholarship. During college, she started coaching Novice and Age Group swimmers at Thunderbird Aquatics in Anacortes. Since then, Catherine has coached for Bellingham Bay Swim Team and King Aquatic Club (before and after the birth of her two children). She also was head coach for Tyee High School and assistant for Kent Meridian High School. In all, she's been on the deck coaching since 1994 and has enjoyed seeing the increased focus on stroke technique over the years. Catherine encourages her swimmer to always put in their best effort at practice, school, and in life. She is also a High School teacher in the Auburn School District.

Dana O Anderson

Coach - (KING Genius) KCAC


I am a Seattle area native, and what many would term a "pool rat”.  I grew up swimming for my local Summer League Team (Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club), my high school swim team, (Federal Way Eagles), and club team (Highline Swim Club which became KING).

Fast forward to "today" where I find myself playing dual roles: parent and coach. My two children have enjoyed being a part of the KING program since they were young, and it's been an important part of their athletic and personal growth and development. Being a parent of KING, my passion for, and experience as a swimmer is what drew me to want to join the coaching staff as a PG Coach.

Swimming at KING isn't just about the sport - it starts with safety, smart training and sound teaching, good sportsmanship, and fun. The joy that a child experiences when they learn a new stroke, have their first victory, and finding their competitive spirit are all reasons and aspects that I valued as a swimmer and for my own kids; I want to bring those values and methods here to teach this group of emerging athletes. Swimming is a lifelong skill and sport that can shape one's character, build solid relationships and shape healthy competitors. It's an honor to be a part of a great organization!

Outside of swimming, I sing soprano with the NW Repertory Singers in Tacoma, and I'm completing my degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Marketing, Law and Finance. The background in swimming has helped me learn focus, discipline, and finishing strong.

Atsuko S Tamura

KING Physical Genius Director


Shawna T Williams

Coach -(KING Genius) Tahoma/Covington


I grew up in Arizona and Texas, where we always had a pool in our back yard. I am the definition of a “water baby” and have always had an incredible amount of love and respect for the water. While the term "coaching” is new to me, I've been teaching the fundamentals of swimming for over three years, and I have continued to love instructing this sport, including teaching kids a respect for the water. The best part of my job was getting to see in my swimmers, their drive and willingness to learn. I adore being around a group of kids - they try wholeheartedly in all they do, and have so much passion and drive. They are committed and devoted to do what they love. This is truly inspiring to watch and such an incredible gift to be a part of, and now I have the opportunity to continue this as a Coach at KING! In this role, I get to see the swimmers' passion and devotion every day! On my off time, I train with the Fire Department as a volunteer Fire Fighter and EMS as I work towards being certified in Swift Water Rescue and as an EMT.

James Clark Foltz

Assistant Coach - KNorth