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
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
- Effective teaching
and learning strategies, when executed well, yield extraordinary
- 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
- 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
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
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
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 -
2002, 2003 Pacific
Northwest Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
2006-07 PNS Technical
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 Power group at KING.
Thomas C Cunningham
Coach - (REG/Power) 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 21 KING records and 11 PNS records. Moreover, the 2013-2014 season demonstrated Tommy’s positive impact on KING after his athletes went on to set 9 national top-10 times. Likewise, Tommy was named the Head Zone Coach for the 2014 PNS Zone Team where he led them from an 8th place finish the previous year to a 2nd place finish this year.
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 - Assistant Coach KN and KCAC
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
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
Marley J Prothero
Coach - (Age Group) Tahoma/Covington
Catherine M Peter
Coach - (KING Genius) KM
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
Coach - (KING Genius) KING North
Char-Day is a Pacific Northwest transplant, having moved here from Texas with her family over 5 years ago. She grew up swimming competitively for Alamo Area Aquatics Association and NOVA of Virginia Aquatics before getting the chance to swim for University of Texas at the Permian Basin on an athletic scholarship. With an extensive background in teaching swim lessons to children interested in swimming competitively she's excited to be working with KING and our IKKOS systems to help developing swimmers have fun while mastering technical skills. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, knitting and reading.
Cody R Cottrill
Coach - (KING Genius) KING North
Atsuko S Tamura
KING Physical Genius Director