Jerry L Johnston
Johnston is a level 4 ASCA and USA certified
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
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
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!"
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
"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
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
Matt is a ASCA level 2
coach and has been coaching since September
He swam with PPST for 6
years and for NKHS for 4 years. He swam at the state championship
meet 4 years with NKHS while training under coach Jerry. Matt has
taught swimming lessons since April 2018 and has motivated many
swimmers to join PPST. Matt’s best events were the 50 and 100
butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.