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!"

Matthew C Smith

Age Group Coach


Matt is a ASCA level 2 coach and has been coaching since September 2017. 


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 2016 and has motivated many swimmers to join PPST. Matt’s best events were the 50 and 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.  


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. 

Erika VanHuis

Age Group Coach


Erika has been around the swimming world since 1999 when she started competitively swimming. She has been involved with club swimming in several roles over the years starting as an athlete, a team board member, stroke and turn official, and now a coach. Erika has had a front row seat as PPST has grown to the team it is today. In September of 2002 when PPST was founded, she was the first swimmer to join. Erika is excited to be a coaching member of PPST and looks forward to helping each swimmer reach their potential and learn life skills along the way. When not at a pool, Erika enjoys photography, archery, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family.