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Michael A Brooks

Head Coach - (National/Senior) KCAC

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Michael Brooks comes to King Aqatic Club after ten years as head coach of the York YMCA swimming team in York, PA, and a year in Chapel Hill, NC. In his tenure at York, in addition to scoring at the major domestic championships, York Y swimmers represented the USA internationally and medalled at meets ranging from Junior Worlds, Youth Olympics, Junior PanPacs, PanAms, and various World Cup meets. Five of his swimmers were named to USA Swimming’s National Junior Team and two to the National Team, the York Y was named a Gold Medal Club in both 2013 and 2015, the smallest club to be so honored. And in 2016, the York YMCA girls won the team title at the YMCA national championships.

A featured speaker at several major coaches’ clinics across the country and internationally, he has spoken on a wide range of topics, such as creating a culture of excellence, teaching technique, coaching effective practices, age group coaching for long-term success, coaching swim parents, creating talent in a small town, coaching IM’ers, and engineering success for age groupers at meets.  In addition, he has taught the ASCA Stroke Technique School three times and the Physiology School once. In 2011, his book Developing Swimmers, a guide for age group swim training, was published by Human Kinetics; it was also translated into Italian as Crescere Nuotatori.

Before York, he spent two years as the Head Age Group Coach of the Brophy East Swimming Team in Phoenix, AZ., working closely with Dennis Pursley. And before that, he spent five years as Head Coach of the York site of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, working with and learning from Murray Stephens and Bob Bowman.

He has been named the Coach of the Meet at the YMCA National Championships four times, Middle Atlantic Senior Coach of the Year twice, and Maryland Age Group Coach of the Year twice. His swimmers have raced to fifty-plus YMCA national titles and over two hundred national Top 16 and Top 10 rankings.

He studies excellence of all sorts and is a voracious reader about people and organizations who are the best at what they do, whether in sports, business, the arts, academia, etc. He is continually “borrowing” ideas from other disciplines to improve his program. He aims to develop swimmers who are beautiful to watch, superhumanly fast and fit, and who think like champions.

His wife, Cindy, is a counselor in an elementary/middle school; his step-daughter Emily is currently studying and swimming at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and his step-son Austin is studying and playing football in high school. They have three cats – Achilles Breaker of Men, Augustus Caesar, and Sophia Goddess of Wisdom – and a dog, Lucy.

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

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, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to KING.

 

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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Coach Billy brings a wealth of experience to King Aquatic Club. He spent 15 years coaching on the Big Island of Hawaii where he has a great reputation in the swimming community. He has a proven track record of success working with a wide range of ages and ability levels, as both a club and high school coach. Most recently he was a coach at Evergreen Swim Club. While there, he had swimmers selected to both the PNS All-Star and Zones teams. He was also a part of the coaching staff for Age Group Zones in 2016 & 2017 as well as the PNS All-Stars in 2016 & 2018.


Billy spent ten years swimming competitively in Southern California before shoulder injuries ended his career prematurely. Despite that experience, he never lost his love for the sport nor his appreciation for all the lessons that swimming has taught him. That experience had a profound impact on developing his passion for coaching as well as helping to shape his coaching philosophy.

Billy lives in Olympia with his wife and three kids. He is a fitness enthusiast whose favorite activities include surfing and paddle boarding.

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 Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center locations for two years, I had a chance to move to the Mount Rainier Pool (MR) and coach the Age Group & 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.

David Lee

Coach - (Age Group) TAH

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Sean J Piper

Coach - (AG/KING Genius) EV

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Sean Piper returns to the King Aquatic Club pool deck, but this time he can be found above the lane lines as opposed to between them. A KING swimmer alumni, Sean is excited to return after college to carry on the club tradition and contribute to becoming the best team in the world.

In college, Sean attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and swam collegiately where he earned “Rookie of the Year” as well as “Male Swimmer of the Year” during his tenure. Simultaneously, Sean studied Exercise Science with a focus on Biomechanics, becoming fascinated with the inner workings of the body and the foundations to athletic excellence. Throughout his time at Willamette, Sean's work as a researcher was published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. His publication described how he established a new exercise modality testing anaerobic capacity and developed nutritional templates for athletes in regard to body composition.

After retiring as a competitive swimmer, Sean immersed himself in coaching high school swimming and the world of strength, speed and agility. Prior to KING, his work includes roles as a Sport Performance Coach where he trained athletes ranging from elementary school kids looking to diversify their movement database and hone coordination, to more specialized work with college and pro athletes who were looking to increase force production and explosiveness in their respective sports. More recently in Seattle, he spent the last two years coaching Boeing employees on improving their health through proper stretching, movement and lifestyle choices.

Now in his role as a KING Coach, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience at the Evergreen Aquatic Center where he hopes to create a successful KING culture, and bring new levels of success to the team and the site. His motto in coaching and in life is “to do things better than they have ever been done before” and to “Always Compete.” Happy to be back as part of the King Aquatic Club team, he credits KING with teaching him valuable lessons in hard work, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. He is ecstatic to continue that tradition.

Chelsea Lee Bailey

Coach - (Power) KING North

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Jason H Nguyen

Coach - (Power) KCAC

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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.

Sydney Y Lu

Coach - (KING Genius) KING North

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Rachael C McKay

Coach - (KING Genius) KING North

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Christopher E Ngy

Coach - (Assistant Coach) KING North

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Biography coming soon!

Wyatt M Sintay

Coach

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Atsuko S Tamura

Team Administration

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