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Sean C Hutchison

CEO & Program Director

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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: http://www.ikkostraining.com 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.

Ash G Milad

Co-Head Coach - KING North

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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. 

Doug R Djang

Co-Head Coach - Federal Way

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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.

Keith Ure

Lead Coach - Kent

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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

David A Kienlen

Lead Coach - Fife

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Dave is the lead coach at the Fife Swim Center and brings years of competitive coaching to KING. He began his coaching career in 1970 as Head Coach with the Joliet Swim Club in Illinois where he developed dozens of state and regional champions along with multiple national finalists in both US Swimming and YMCA competition. He continued his coaching career in Oregon during the 80’s with the Willamalane Swim Team and again produced state and regional champions. In 1990 he left for North Carolina to become the Head Coach for the Sharks Aquatic Club and developed the team from a small group of 40 swimmers to over 160 within 3 years. While in North Carolina he not only produced state and regional champions, but several junior national swimmers along with the first ever State High School Championship for Kings Mountain High School. In 1993 Dave moved to Washington where he took over a struggling Issaquah Swim Team (IST). During his seven years with IST he developed the team from 60 swimmers to over 220 swimmers, six junior national swimmers and several state high school champions. In 2001 Dave was selected to become the first Head Coach for the South Sound Titans. There he developed the team from about 70 swimmers to over 140, produced several junior national swimmers, over a dozen US Open swimmers and led the team to a 7th place finish in the US Swimming Women’s Senior National Championships. He also coached Olympian, Megan Quann, to over 5 additional National Titles during her career with the Titans. Dave is currently the Aquatic Coordinator for the City of Fife. He has held the following positions or titles with Pacific Northwest Swimming: PNS Senior Chair, PNS Board of Review, President – Greater Seattle Swim Association (GSSA), PNS Senior Coach of the Year – 2002 and 2003.

Tarryn N Bickel

Lead Coach - Covington

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Tarryn began swimming KING when she was 11 years old. The passion for swimming stayed with her after graduating from high school and she continued to swim for pleasure in college. Swimming has always been a passion for her and she is very excited to be coaching and share her passion for swimming with new swimmers. Tarryn graduated from WSU, the top 20% of her class, in May of 2012 receiving her degree in Physical Anthropology and History. She hopes to continue to grad school where she wants to study human evolution.

Thomas C Cunningham

Coach - KING North

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Tommy started swimming for KING when he was 10. Throughout his swimming career on KING he set team and PNS records. He was a member of KING's National Group and was a national qualifier in the 100 meter free. Tommy swam for University of Washington on athletic scholarship as a sprinter. He's coached Marine Hills Swim Team for two years helping lead the team to their first ever championship. In 2010 to 2011 season Tommy started coaching for KING helping coach groups at King County Aquatic Center and King North. He plans to teach swimmers the best technique possible helping them reach their goals and have fun working towards those goals.

Paloma Dinkel-Ortega

Coach - KING North

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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.

Jordan G King

Coach - KING North

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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. 

Jonathan C Hiett

Coach - Federal Way

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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 Power group at KING.

Christopher E Ngy

Coach - Federal Way

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Adam J Hendren

Coach - Federal Way

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 I started swimming with the local swim team at nine years old, to follow a friend, and have loved the sport ever since - through all the ups and downs. During my college years at Washington State University, I worked at Tacoma Country and Golf Club and dreamed of starting a swim team. With the help of my manager, we made a summer league swim team of about 15 kids and developed it to over 60 swimmers in just a few years. I wanted to improve my coaching skills even further so I volunteered for Lakes High School's Swim Team. Now I work for the KING Aquatic Club and I am here, just like the swimmers, to continually improve.

Catherine M Peter

Coach - Kent

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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.

Alicia S Cleveland

Coach - Fife

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Leona S Jennings

Lead Coach - Mt. Rainier

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Tomas J Mendez

Coach - KING North

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Christina M Pierce

Coach - Covington

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