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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.

Michael A Brooks

Head Coach - (National/Senior) KCAC

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Doug R Djang

Coach - (National) 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

Coach - (REG/Age Group) 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

Thomas C Cunningham

Coach - (National/Senior) KING North

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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.

In 2010, he began coaching for KING where he assisted with both the Power Group and the Physical Genius groups. Since then he’s coached every group on KING leading him to being the National/Senior coach at the north site. The athletes have quickly excelled under his tutelage as the athletes he’s coached have broken more than 100 KING records, over 60 PNS records, and have set 9 National Age Group records. His athletes have set over 70 national top-ten rankings and have posted more than 40 national all-time top 100 times.

Tommy’s coaching style puts a large emphasis on teaching elite technique in addition to providing every athlete with the opportunity to be great.

  • 2017 American Swim Coaches Association National Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2017 Pacific Northwest Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2014, 2016 Head Coach, PNS Zones Team
  • 2016 Head Coach, PNS All Star Team
 

James Clark Foltz

Coach - (REG/Age Group) KCAC

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William C Inglis

Coach - (REG/Age Group) KING North

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Adam J Hendren

Coach - (AG/KING Genius) Mt. Rainier

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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.

Catherine M Peter

Coach - (KING Genius) 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.

Dana O Anderson

Coach - (KING Genius) Federal Way

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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.

Christopher E Ngy

Coach - (Assistant Coach) KING North

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Chelsea Lee Bailey

Coach - (Power) KING North

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Atsuko S Tamura

KING Physical Genius Director

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David Lee

Coach - (Age Group) TAH

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Benny Swedberg

Coach - (KING Genius) TAH

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Sean J Piper

Coach - (AG/KING Genius) EV

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Jason H Nguyen

Coach - (Power) KCAC

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Sydney Y Lu

Coach - (KING Genius) KING North

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Rachael C McKay

Coach - (KING Genius) KING North

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Wyatt M Sintay

Coach

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