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Coaches & Directors
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 Johnston

Head Senior Coach - Newport Hills

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Was one of the original swimmers on Lake Washington Swim Club, which is now Chinook, and was their first male swimmer to qualify for Sr. Nationals. Graduated from Newport High School. Went to the University of Washington on a full ride scholarship and was a 3 year All-American as well as team captain. Qualified for Olympic Trials in 1972 and 1976 and placed 5th at Sr. Nationals in the 400 IM in 1972. Began coaching in 1977 at Issaquah Swim Team and had several Jr. and Sr. National qualifiers including a Jr. National Champion. Coached the high school team at Issaquah High School as well. Moved to Colorado to become a Real Estate Appraiser in 1991 and returned to full time coaching at Taos New Mexico in 2008. Moved to Moses Lake, Wa. in 2010 and coached the Manta Rays for 4 years and was Inland Empire coach of the year in 2011. Moved to Poulsbo, Wa. in 2014 and was PNS Sr. coach of the year in 2018. Coached 2 swimmers to Sr. Nationals, 5 swimmers to Jr. Nationals and 7 to Futures. Coached numerous swimmers to Age Group and Sr. Zones over the years at Taos, Moses Lake and Poulsbo. This summer, coached 1 swimmer to Olympic Trials qualification at Sr. Nationals. 

 

Grace S Wong

Head Age Group Coach - Renton

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Grace started with Chinook in 1997 as a Novice and Developmental coach, and now works primarily with the Sectional and Blue groups.  Grace became Chinook's head age group coach in 2005.  Grace started coaching with the the Lindbergh High School girls' and boys' teams. Grace has developed a range of swimmers from novice to Sectional- and Zone-level swimmers, and has coached PNS All-Star teams and PNS swim camps. Grace coaches the Renton Sectional and Blue groups.

Mike McIntyre

Age Group Coach - Bellevue

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12 Time All American 1971-1975 U of W. Team Co-Captain 1975.

 Olympic Trials Finalist 1972 100M Backstroke, 5th Place finish

 National Champion 1972 100M Backstroke 

 National Champion Member (73-74-75 Relays)

 Numerous Top Three Individual National and NCAA Division I Finishes

 World Rankings 72, 73, 74, 75 100M Backstroke

 USA National Team Member 1974 to South American International Olympics

 USA National Team Member 1975 to European Championship Circuit

 USA National Team Member 1976 to Soviet Russian Nationals 

 

Master Swimming World Top Ten Times (various strokes/distances) 1988-present.  

Swim Coaching certificate Level 2 

Swim Coach and Stroke Technique Coach - 1977-present.

Qualified and Certified Lifeguard

Justin Fleming

Age Group Coach - Bellevue

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Justin is a lifelong swimmer and grew up in the Eastside Seattle suburbs.  In 2004 Justin was selected to the Paralympic team and represented the United States in Athens, Greece.  For the next three years Justin was a member of the US Paralympic National Team where he had numerous opportunities to compete around the world.  In 2009 Justin began coaching under his long time mentor Kiko Van Zandt, gaining his USS coaching card.  

Andrew Barashkoff

Age Group Coach - Renton

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Andrew started swimming as a six year old on a summer league team until he graduated in 2016. He also participated on the Newport High school swim team, qualifying for state Junior and Senior year. He swam for chinook and is now excited to return to the program as a coach. His goal is to ignite the passion for swimming in every athlete, as well as giving them the fundamental and technical skills to become a successful swimmer. 

Kevin O'Shea

Head Senior Coach Emeritus

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Kevin became Chinook's fourth Head/Senior Coach in 2008, taking over when Hall Of Fame Coach Jack Ridley retired in 2008.  Kevin's coaching career spans three decades working with swimmers at all levels including NCAA Division I, USA, YMCA, High School, and Summer League. As head coach of the Boise YMCA Swim Team and the Bellevue Eastside Swim Team, he developed National and Junior National level swimmers. Kevin coaches the Senior and High School groups.

Mike J Smith

Age Group Coach - Renton

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After Swimming on Chinook for 8 years, at Kentridge High School for 4 years, and Fairwood Summer League for 9, Coach Mike turned his focus to coaching in the summer of 2016. Having swam for Chinook himself, he can relate to his swimmers and better prepare them for the next level along with other programs. At Kentridge, Mike was the junior and senior captain and lead his team with enthusiasm, along with competing at state all four years. Mike currently attends Bellevue College with hopes to transfer to the University of Washington. He’s passionate about helping all of his swimmers get better each day and reach for success. Mike is not only a coach, but strives to be a role model and friend to everyone. 

Board of Directors

Lynn Gerking

Treasurer & Billing/Financial

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Terry DePriest

President

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Heather Cleary

Board Member

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Robert Karl

Board Member

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Meredith McClurg

Board Member

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Angie Donahue VC

Volunteer Coordinator

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Susan Paley

Meet Director

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