PPST Coaches

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jerry L Johnston

Head Coach


Jerry Johnston is a level 4 ASCA and USA certified coach. 

Jerry grew up in the Washington area, swimming for Lake Washington Swim Club and setting a national age group record at a young age.  He continued to swim, and went to Olympic Trials.

He coached for the town of Issaquah, growing a team of 20 swimmers to over 200, with beginners to masters, junior and senior national swimmers AND champions, as well as Olympic trial qualifiers.   He was King Co coach of the year, PSSA coach of the year, IES Coach of the Year, Washington state High school coach of the year, and led his girls' high school team to 3 consecutive state championships.   Coach Johnston is excited to work with the Piranha swimmers and families.

Thomas M Springer

Lead Silver Age Group Coach


Tom began coaching in the spring of 2005. Tom was a collegiate nationally ranked swimmer from 1992-1994 specializing in backstroke and the Individual Medley.

"Joining the Piranhas as a coach has been a wonderful experience. There is nothing better than watching a person make transformational discoveries about themselves and what they are capable of... I get to see that in the pool every day. And be part of the process!"

Mikal Reeves

Lead Bronze Age Group Coach


Mikal is a Level 2 ASCA coach. He has coached swimming since 2008. 

He swam competitively for 13 years, Mikal swam at the club and high school level; his best events for short course included 500 and 1650 yard Free, 100 and 200 yard Breaststroke. During the long course season, Mikal excelled at the 1500 meter Free and 100, 200 meter Breaststroke. 
"I've always been an athletic guy, I still try my best to stay in shape to set a good example for the swimmers; I love doing dryland workouts with them as well as in the water workouts".
Mikal also teaches swimming lessons because he loves to encourage kids to feel confident in the water which helps them to enjoy it.  Mikal has helped lead many children into competitive swimming. 

"I'm proud to be a part of PPST, and I'm proud of the swimmers who I coach for their hard work in competition."

Michael Fitzgerald

Age Group Coach


Fitz is a Level 3 ASCA coach and has coached swimming since 1995.

He has been swimming competitively since 1967, was a high school swim team captain and Virginia state champion. He swam 4 years varsity at the United States Naval Academy and was captain his senior year. 
“Swimming is so fun! I'm happy to be a part of PPST and hope to add to the fun!”

Danielle Moore

Age Group Coach


Danielle didn't start competitively swimming until she was 14 and joined her high school swim team. Her main strokes were the breaststroke and backstroke. Joining the team is where she learned to appreciate the sport aspect of competitive swimming.
Her senior year Danielle became a swim instructor and started teaching swim lessons; she taught preschool and beginning levels all the way up to the more advanced. Her goal is to show all children that they can all be great swimmers, but also have fun with it too. 

Matthew C Smith

Age Group Coach