SMAC Coaching Staff
Luke Rees Stocker
Head Age Group Coach - Central AG and SD
Coach Luke has been part of SMAC since 2014. Luke grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where he swam from the age of 10 until graduation high school. He continued his competitive swimming career at Whitworth University, swimming on the varsity team all four years from 2004-2008.
After college Luke joined the Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team, where he coached novice, age group, senior and national levels. Luke also ran the strength program for the national level swimmers and was two-time Age Group Zone Assistant Coach. During his tenure at CAST, Luke was elected to the Age Group Chair position for Inland Empire Swimming.
In 2012, Luke became the head coach of PRO Swimming in Bellevue, WA. While directing the competitive swimming program, PRO reached its highest VCC ranking 2 years in a row, produced Regional champions, and over a dozen team records.
Luke transitioned to the role of Head Age Group Coach with SMAC in 2014. In this role he has been able to work directly with every group on the team, from CAATfish to Senior Performance. The scope of Luke’s experience and access to multiple groups has helped his swimmers break over 20 team records and win multiple regional titles.
Head Site Coach - Mercer Island
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, conditioning, and nutrition of the active population. 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.
Sean is the lead site coach, running all groups, at our MSC pool. He also develops purposeful and effective dryland programs for the team.
LeAnne C McClaskey
Head Site Coach - Tukwila
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 with her athletes.
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
- 2018 PNS All-Star Coaching Staff
- Chinook Aquatic Club 2004-2012
- UCLA Masters 2004
- Lakeridge Swim and Tennis Club 2003
Senior and Senior Performance - North
Tommy Cunningham has been involved in Pacific Northwest Swimming since he was 10 years old. As an athlete he was a National Championship qualifier that went on to swim for the University of Washington.
In 2010, he began coaching for King Aquatic Club as an assistant coach. Since then he’s been able to coach every group on the club leading him to being the National/Senior coach at the North site. The athletes have quickly excelled under his tutelage as evidenced by his swimmers having broken more than 100 team records, over 70 PNS records, and have set 10 National Age Group records. His athletes have set over 80 national top-ten rankings and have posted more than 50 national all-time top 100 times. In the 2017-2018 short course season all 50 of the athletes in his group qualified for either Senior Sectionals or Age Group Regionals.
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
Tomas J Mendez
Senior, Senior Performance - Evergreen
Tomas Mendez joins SMAC after spending the 2017-2018 season as an assistant coach with Seattle University. During his time there he was lead coach for the sprint group, helping swimmers to multiple school records and program top 10 times. Prior to his experience at Seattle U, Tomas had spent 3 seasons with Pacific Lutheran University as an assistant coach. During his 3 years, he helped the women’s program win 2 conference championships, as well as multiple individual champions on both men’s and women’s sides.
As Tomas gained experience at the collegiate level, he was able to balance coaching at the club level with KING Aquatic Club. He spent 4 years with KING, first starting with Coach Tommy at the North site then moving to be lead coach for Age Group and Regional groups in the South. During his 3 years at KCAC, Tomas helped lead swimmers to records ranging from team, to PNS, and even coached members of National Age Group setting relays. Swimmers in his Regional group were able to reach Top 10 in USA Swimming, as well as set numerous PNS Top 16 All Time times and multiple USA Swimming All Time Top 100 times.
As a swimmer, Tomas swam for Hillsboro Swim Team in Oregon for 10 years. He then moved on to swim at Seattle University for 4 years, setting school records in the 200 fly and 800 freestyle relay. Tomas graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Sport and Exercise Science. Away from the pool, Tomas likes to stay healthy by eating well and staying fit. He also likes to spend time with fiance, Marley.
Kieran James Schaefer
Senior & Masters - Central
Coach Kieran Schaefer came to SMAC 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 SMAC 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.
Age Group and AGP - Kent
Keith Ure has over 30 years of coaching experience beginning in 1987 with the Kent Area Dolphins. Keith was heavily involved with the formation of King Aquatic Club, bringing Kent area Dolphins and Highline Swim Club together in 1996. In addition to over 30 years of Club Coaching experience, Keith also has 6 years Head Coach/Assistant Coach experience with Summer League Clubs (KSTC/Arbor Heights), and 9 Years as a Head High School Coach (Evergreen/Hazen).
Keith has been involved at the Pacific Northwest Swimming level serving as Head Coach of All-Star Teams and Assistant Coach of All-Star Teams on a number of occasions. Keith has also served on a number of Zone Team staffs as well.
Keith has been recognized with a number of honors including:
• American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year (PNS) – 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015
• American Swimming Coaches Association National Age Group Coach of the Year Top Ten Finalist – 2015
Keith has a track record of producing results with athletes credited for:
• 14 National Age Group Records
• Multiple Swimmers on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 List
• Over 200 National Top 16/National Top 10 Rankings
Keith currently works at Boeing as an Engineering Manager on a Defense Program.
Age Group Performance - Central
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.
Age Group and AGP - North
Coach Billy has a wealth of experience in the sport of swimming. Before moving to Washington, he spent fifteen 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. Since becoming a part of Pacific Northwest Swimming he has had multiple 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 taught him. That experience had a profound impact on developing his passion for coaching as well as helping to shape his coaching philosophy.
(Billy and his wife, Alyse, have three children. He is a fitness enthusiast who’s favorite hobbies include surfing, paddle boarding and CrossFit.
High School - North
Coach Chelsea has loved the water long before she started competing; However, it was during the school year living in Black Diamond Washington where she first joined and competed on King Aquatic Club. Finding a love for competition and success in the water she dedicated the next 14 years years of her life to competitive swimming. During that time, she qualified for Olympic and world trials and became a state record holder (100 freestyle).
Upon graduating high school she attended, graduated, and swam for San Diego State University graduating with a Bachelors in social science with an emphasis in psychology. While there she was an active member of Student Athlete Committee (SAC), qualified as an All-American, was team captain her junior-senior year, a scholar athlete, and honored on the deans list.
After graduating, she moved back to Seattle where she trained with King in preparation for the Olympic Trials. Upon completion of Trials, Coach Chelsea felt naturally drawn to coaching and the desire to give back to the sport that shaped so much of her young life. She is now excited to join the SMAC family. Currently coaching the High School group out of the North sites she is dedicated to the mission of creating an inclusive environment committed to exemplary performance.
Age Group - Tukwila
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 whom swim for SMAC!
Assistant Coach - Evergreen
Sean Piper has always loved the water but really didn’t find competitive swimming until 8 years old at Normandy Park Swim Club and it wasn’t until he was 13 years old did he finally join Whitewater Aquatics. From there Sean would find lots of beginner success before finally joining King Aquatic Club as a Sophmore in High School.
After leaving King Aquatic Club, Sean attended Willamette University in Salem, OR, competing on the varisty swim team. 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 of Biomechanics; becoming fascinated with the inner workings of the body and the foundations to athletic excellence.
After retiring from the competition side of swimming Sean immersed himself into coaching high school swimming and also into the world of strength, speed and agility. Working for Twist Sport Conditioning as a Sport Performance Coach, he trained athletes ranging from elementary school kids looking to diversify their movement database and hone coordination to the specialized work with college and pro athletes looking to increase force production and explosiveness in their respective sports.
Returning to Seattle, Sean spent the last two years advising Boeing employees on improving their health through proper stretching, movement and lifestyle choices.
Sean now brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to the Evergreen Aquatic Center where he plans to create a model of the SMAC culture and bring new levels of success to the team and the site.
CAATfish and Stroke Dev - North
Sydney started coaching at the club level in September 2017 and is excited to join the SMAC community. She's always wanted to return to the world of competitive swim team, and she has absolutely loved combining her passions for teaching and swimming. She aims to constantly learn from her athletes and hopes to inspire them every day, in and out of the pool.
CAATFish and Stroke Dev - Central
I am very excited to be coaching for SMAC 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 SMAC 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.
Adam J Hendren
Assistant Coach - Kent
Coach Adam's love for competitive swimming began in 1995 in Tacoma, and that has led him to a wonderful career in teaching that sport as well. He began teaching swim lessons at the Lakewood YMCA in 2004, then summer league at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in 2005 and Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club in 2015, and finally year-round club swimming with King Aquatic Club in 2012.
He began coaching the beginner 14 & under swimmers, immediately knowing that this was his favorite role because of the great potential for long-term skill development - if we can teach them to love the sport while we’re at it, then their overall potential sky-rockets! In the pool they learn to be a champion every day for their team, and then out of the pool they learn to be a great member of their family and community.
Adam thoroughly enjoys the swim life, and he is grateful to continue growing and improving with the Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club community.
Eric Johann Kress
CAATfish and Stroke Dev - Tukwila
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.
CAATfish and Stroke Dev - Kent
Catherine Peter started her swimming journey in White Center on The Salvation Army Swim Team before transferring to Husky Swim Club. She continued swimming at Highline High School and Central Washington University. After suffering her third shoulder injury during college, Catherine decided to remain on the pool deck in a new role as coach. Today she has over 20 years of coaching experience up and down the Puget Sound. Although her practices concentrate on skill building and efficiency in the water, her main focus is helping young people be better humans. Having watched previous swimmers progress to the Olympic Trials while others decided swim team just wasn’t their thing, Catherine believes this sport is much more about learning how to manage life than swimming fast times. Those are just bonuses.
Catherine spends her school days as a Language Arts teacher at Auburn School District’s alternative high school. She also acts as a chauffeur getting her two children to their increasingly more demanding activities. She’s been known to run for the exercise, not for the enjoyment, and to get in the water for a workout, as long as it involves more sun than yardage.
Jon G Matchette
Assistant Coach - Central
Jon was born in Monterey, California. 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.
Assistant Coach - North
Mackenzie previously coached at King Aquatics where he coached age group level swimmers. He swam on King Aquatic from 12 to 18, where he qualified for senior sectionals and competed at the state level for Bellevue High School all four years. Mackenzie has also coached at Overlake golf and country club in the summers the last 6 years, where he has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities.
CAATFish - Central
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.
Karla Elaine Ruff
Masters Coach - Central
Coach Karla Elaine Ruff joined SMAC 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).
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