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 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


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


Marley J Prothero

Coach - (Age Group) Tahoma/Covington


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


Char-Day Charnholm

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