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Kenneth R. Spencer

Head Coach - Senior Performance

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Head Coach Ken Spencer has more than 20 years of stellar coaching experience.  Ken came to CAAT from his position as the Senior Coach at King Aquatic club where he had been since 2004.  Prior to King, he was the head coach of the Columbia Clippers, the largest team in Maryland. 

Ken has accumulated many USA Swimming honors over his career and has coached athletes who have achieved the highest levels of Age Group competition.  These awards include American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Age group “Coach of the Year” for 2009, 2010, and 2013. He is also an ASCA Level 4 coach; a status held by less than 5% of coaches nationwide.  

Ken was a PNS All Star Coach in 2009 and 2010, as well as being a USA Swimming Zone Select Camp coach in 2010. The Zone Select Camp is where the top 28 boys and girls from the entire zone are invited to participate in personalized training. 

Ken has consistently demonstrated that his athletes excel, as he can be credited with:

  • 3 swimmers that have broken National Age Group records
  • More than 20 athletes with National level qualifying times
  • Greater than 50 swimmers ranked in the Top 16/Top 10 lists maintained by USA Swimming
  • Over 100 Senior Sectional qualifying swimmers
  • And has had at least 1 swimmer selected for the USA Swimming Western Zone Select Camp between the years of 2010 – 2014 (6 swimmers in all)

Coach Ken comes to swimming with degrees in psychology and elementary education from Villanova University.  He then studied Kinesiology (how the body moves) at the University of Maryland.  He also taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades in Maryland.  At home Ken enjoys “relaxing’ with his wife and three children.

Luke Rees Stocker

Head Age Group Coach - Central AG and SD

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Coach Luke Stocker is heading into his 4th year with CAAT.  He will work directly with the Senior Performance, Age Group, and Stroke Development and is responsible for developing a comprehensive program of skill progression for all 14&Under swimmers.  

Coach Stocker has a track record of creating athletes that are focused, technically sound, and prepared to race and above all else - happy to be competing and have fun swimming. During his career, Luke has coached at all levels, from Novice swimmers to National Qualifiers.  


“My primary goal as a swim coach is the betterment of the swimmer, both in and out of the water.  I believe in prioritizing the long-term development of swimmers by developing a foundation of excellent technique, superior skills, high swimming IQ, intense work ethic, commitment to team vision, and most importantly, the character of the swimmer.  With this base set, I hope to empower young people to succeed both in the pool and life.”

Luke has a demonstrated track record of success while moving swimmers forward, as he can be credited with:

  • Canadian Olympic Trials swimmer
  • 4 Junior National Qualifiers
  • 2 Age Group Regional Champions
  • Western Zone Coach 2009 & 2010
  • 8 time all conference swimmer at Whitworth University
  • ASCA Level 3 Coach
     

Luke lives in Seattle and outside of the pool, enjoys cooking, eating, reading, writing, frisbee, and hanging out with friends.  Luke is blessed to have the love and support of his beautiful wife, Delynn and daughter Sloane.  

LeAnne C McClaskey

Head Site Coach - Tukwila

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As a Seattle native, LeAnne grew up in the Rainier Beach area and attended Seattle Preparatory School.  She swam locally with Chinook Aquatic Club before making the move to Salmon Bay Aquatics where she became a national level swimmer. 

 

After her collegiate career, LeAnne coached for the UCLA masters swim team before moving back to the PNW where she began her coaching career with Chinook Aquatic Club as well as a career in Real Estate.  LeAnne believes that her commitment and discipline to the sport has translated to her success outside of the pool.  With years of swimming under her belt, she hopes to make an impact>

 

Swimming Career Highlights

  • UCLA Scholarship Athlete
  • 1997 Junior National West 200 Backstroke Champion and Record Holder
  • Senior National Qualifier in the 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle
  • 2000 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 100 backstroke
  • NCAA Qualifier & All-American - UCLA’s Women’s Pac-10 Championship Team, 2001 & 2003

 

Coaching Background

  • Chinook Aquatic Club 2004-2012
  • ULCA Masters 2004
  • Lakeridge Swim and Tennis Club 2003

Sean Tento

Head Site Coach - Mercer Island

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Sean is the lead site coach for the Mercerwood Shore Club location.  After running CAAT's West Seattle site in 2016, Sean is launching our new site on Mercer Island.  Sean also has overall responsbility for CAAT's dry land program.  Sean grew up in Seattle, swimming for the West Seattle YMCA and then for KING. In college, Sean swam four years for Eastern Michigan University as a distance swimmer. While at Eastern Michigan Sean earned a degree in Exercise Science, expanding his knowledge on human anatomy and physiology. He also gained a better understanding of how to improve the strength and conditioning of athletes. Using ten years of experience and knowledge, Sean aims to enhance swimmers abilities in and out of the pool with an enjoyable and energizing approach.

Kieran James Schaefer

Senior & Masters - Central

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Coach Kieran Schaefer came to CAAT after a 4 year career as a varisty swimmer at Seattle U.  Coach Kieran runs our Senior Group in Central Seattle as well as the CAAT Masters program.  Kieran was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, which includes his time swimming for Seattle University. He grew up  club swimming in Oregon, and was a 50, 100, 200, and 500 yard freestyler.

Maki Moore

Age Group Performance - Central

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Coach Maki Moore grew up in the Normandy Park area where her love for the sport began as a member of the Normandy Park Swim Club. Her passion for swimming continued to flourish and she joined a year-round club team. This allowed her the competitive training to qualify for such meets as Age Group Zones where she won the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle. During her high school years, Maki was a Washington State champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle multiple times and set League, District, and State records. She has competed at Junior Nationals, Nationals, the US Open and was a member of 3 National Age Group Record setting relays.  Her success in the sport allowed her to receive a scholarship from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Maki has a passion for technical excellence and injury prevention.  A shoulder injury fueled her curiosity and desire to educate her athletes on ways to avoid injury. While in Las Vegas, she coached for Las Vegas Swim Club and Desert Storm Swimming. Her swimmers have qualified for the SCS Age Group Invitational, Junior Olympics, PNS Champs, NW Age Group Regionals, and Zones. She strives to educate swimmers to apply the lessons learned in practice to their everyday lives.

Maki has her Bachelor’s in Business and Sport Management, her Master’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Sport Psychology and Sport Performance Enhancement. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. You will find Maki at the pool in her spare time as she still competes at the National level in US Masters Swimming. Her husband, Bobby, is a firefighter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Together, their love for health and wellness keeps them busy lifting weights and finding other fun ways to incorporate exercise into their day.

Eve Ruiz

Age Group - Tukwila

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Coach Eve Ruiz’s passion for the sport of swimming began at the age of 8 with the Normandy Park Swim Club. She continued on to become a long-time PNS and Seamount League swimmer with Husky, Bellevue Club, Salmon Bay, and Kennedy Catholic.

Eve has won multiple State and Regional championships in the 200 and 500 Free. She has also placed at the Zone and Jr. National levels in the 200, 400, 800 Free, 400 IM and 200 Fly. As a coach, Eve has had age group swimmers ranked first in PNS and multiple PNS and Regional champions.

Eve has a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a Master’s in Organizational Management, and a post Master’s Education Specialist degree in Administration from Seattle University. In addition to coaching, she is the 3rd grade teacher and Director of Early Learning at St. Bernadette Parish School and mother of three daughters – two of which swim for CAAT!

Eric Johann Kress

CAATfish and Stroke Dev - Tukwila

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Coach Eric Kress was born and raised in the Seattle area, and grew up swimming in Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Though he loved the water, he didn’t discover the sport of swimming until the age of 13 when he joined the summer league program at Fairwood Golf and Country Club. Eric began coaching in 2011 as the novice summer swim coach at Fairwood, where he ultimately became the head coach of the summer swim program. Eric is also the aquatics director at Fairwood and oversees all aquatics programming. In addition to summer league, Eric has been an age group assistant coach at Chinook Aquatic Club for the past two seasons, coached the Kentridge High School girls team, and is now the head coach of both Men’s and Women’s varsity swim programs at Kennedy Catholic High School.

Luiz David Rodriguez-Ochoa

Fitness - Central

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David Rodriguez is very excited to be Coaching at CAAT this season, and looking forward to the opportunity to work with some great coaches and swimmers. He started swimming in high focusing on the 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. In college he earned a degree in behavioral sciences and is currently pursuing a degree in education. In California he coached with the Santa Clara swim club for 3 years. At Santa Clara he worked with many of the  competitive swim groups while working alongside with some of the top age group coaches for the pacific swimming zone. One of his biggest accomplishments as a coach was coaching the 10 and unders All Star team for the Western Zone meet this summer.

 

Ameena Bouzerktoune

CAATFish and Stroke Dev - Central

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I am very excited to be coaching for CAAT this year!! Ever since I started swim lessons, when I was a little girl, the water became my second home. I started competitive swimming when I was seven years old for the West Seattle YMCA Dolphins and at the end of my sophomore year of high school I switched to CAAT and swam for them until the end of 2016, when I left for college. I also swam on the varsity team at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle all four years. I currently attend the University of La Verne, in Southern California, and swim on the women’s team there as well. I am majoring in Criminology and Pre-Law and minoring in Psychology with hopes of going to law school and becoming a Prosecutor. I started coaching summer league this past summer at Olympic View Swim Club in Normandy Park. I love swimming and it has been my passion for as long as I can remember and I can’t wait to spread that and share my knowledge of the sport with others who are excited to learn it. My goals are to get know all of the swimmers, both in and out of the water, along with their families, and to gain some real life skills and experience.

Erin Wallace

CAATFish - Central

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Coach Erin Wallace grew up in Hawaii and Seattle, harvesting a deep love for the water. She started swimming competitively at the age of 8 for a local swim team and continued swimming in high school at Garfield. She began lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons and coaching swimming and has never really left the pool deck since. Erin has been committed to teaching the fundamentals of swimming and providing her swimmers a structured, safe environment to learn. She believes that swimming must be fun but also must be rooted in respect for the water, coaches and fellow swimmers.

Jon G Matchette

Assistant Coach - Central

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Coach Jon Matchette was born in Monterey, California in 1988.  He attended high school at Kenmore West in Tonawanda, New York, where he was a state-qualifying swimmer in freestyle and backstroke.  He then attended Niagara University, a small Division 1 school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, majoring in Criminal Justice.  Jon was an Academic All-American and All-Conference swimmer.  He became captain his senior year and left holding three school records.  He then received his Master's in Criminal Justice Administration while being a graduate assistant with the Niagara University's swim team. He most recently coached with the Manta Rays Aquatics Team before transferring to the Seattle area in June 2017 through work as a Community Corrections Officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Karla Elaine Ruff

Masters Coach - Central

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Coach Karla Elaine Ruff joined CAAT in 2014 and will primarily be coaching the Masters group. She is currently a graduate student at Seattle University, and will graduate with a Masters in Teaching degree this August. Karla also attended Seattle U for her undergraduate studies, graduating in June 2013 with  BA in Humanities for Teaching. She hopes to be an elementary school teacher this coming fall.

Karla grew up in Seattle, and swam in Pacific Northwest Swimming for many years on the Salmon Bay Aquatics team. She swam at Roosevelt High School all four years, competing at state each year in the 200 IM and 100 Breast.  Karla continued to swim at Seattle U in their Division I program all four years, serving as captain her senior year. Her best events during her swim career were 200 and 400 IM, 100 and 200 Breast, and 200 Free.

In high school, Karla coached for the Meadowbrook summer swim league team. She worked as a swim lessons instructor during high school and college. In the last few years, Karla has coached two different adult swim teams (ORCA swim team, and the Seattle U Masters team).

Board of Directors

Jim Hong

President

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Joon Ho Yu

Diversity & Inclusion/Financial Aid

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Jan Elizabeth Frederick

Events

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Laurie Robbins

Meet Director

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John Robertson

Treasurer/Registrar

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John D Scott

Secretary

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Carl Baber

Fundraising Chair

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