KING Leadership

Coaching Staff
Alexander Reed Head Coach/Co-Owner

Alex Reed stepped into an ownership position at King Aquatic Club (KING) and took on the role of Head Coach in 2020. He currently coaches KING’s Olympic Cycle and Senior Performance groups.

Accolades with KING:

  • Qualified two swimmers for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
  • Led KING to a Spring Senior Sectional Championship Title in 2021 (1st place Combined scores, 1st place Men’s score, 2nd Place Women’s).
  • Brought KING back into the Top 100 Swim Club’s in the country (2020-2021 SCY, placed 94th) in the USAS Virtual Club Championship rankings for the first time since the 2017 season.
  • Under Reed's leadership, KING achieved "Silver Medal" Status (Top 100 High Performance Clubs in USAS) through USA Swimming's Club Excellence achievement program for the 2021-2022 season

Other Accolades:

  • Two-time PNS Age Group Coach of the Year award recipient (2017, 2018).
  • National Age Group Coach of the Year Nominee (2018).
  • Several swimmers achieving National Top 10 Age Group rankings; one National Age Group Champion.
  • Has helped qualify hundreds of swimmers and produced several champions at the Regional, Zones, Sectional, Futures, Junior National, and Senior National levels during as his time as a USAS Coach starting in 2006 in the New Mexico, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest Swimming LSC’s.

Alex lives in Tacoma, Washington with his beautiful girlfriend Melissa and their two children Roxy and Royce. He is an avid sports fan and loves to compete at just about everything.

Bret Foreman Senior Coach

KING is excited to welcome Bret Foreman to the coaching staff. Joining KING in 2020, Foreman will be working initially with the Federal Way Senior Groups. Prior to KING, Foreman was the Head Coach of Puget Sound Aquatics and also coached at Metro Parks Swim Team. Foreman, who is from Tacoma, competed locally for Tacoma Swim Club, Wilson High School Rams, and swam collegiately for the University of California Irvine Anteaters. 

Alexander Nowjack Senior Coach

KING is excited to welcome Alex Nowjack to the coaching staff. Joining KING in 2022, Alex will be working primarily with the Senior Performance Groups. Prior to KING, Alex was the head coach at Fife Area Swim Team (2020-22). Alex grew up in the Pacific Northwest swimming for Bainbridge Island Swim Club, prepped at Bainbridge High School Spartans swim & dive team, and was a member of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) Lutes swim team before tranfering to Brigham Young University. Alex began coaching in Utah several years ago, where he was the assistant coach at Timpanogos High School (2014-15). A year later he was the assistant coach at Provo High School (2015-16). Shortly after graduating college, he was a volunteer assistant at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Club (2017-18). Alex was the Head Age Group Coach with the University Place Aquatic Club (2018-20) for two years, during which UPAC placed Top 8 in PNS Championships and Age Group Regionals. While coaching with UPAC, he was also the assistant coach for two years (2018-20) at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) Loggers swim team. Alex has qualified swimmers for PNS Championships, Age Group Regionals, and Western Zones. Alex has a deep passion for working with kids of all ages to help them reach their fullest potential. His coaching philosophy focuses on always striving to be better, with particular attention to technical proficiency, hard work, and integrity.

Wendy Neely Age Group Coach (Covington)

KING is excited to welcome Wendy Neely to the coaching staff. Joining KING in 2022, Wendy will be our Site Coach out at the Covington Aquatic Center. Prior to KING, Wendy was the Head Age Group Coach (1 year) and served as Head Coach (5 years) at Fife Area Swim Team (FAST) where she led 25 swimmers to PNS Championships, 5 swimmers to Regional time cuts, and 5 swimmers to Wester Zone time cuts. Previously, Wendy has been the head coach for the Thomas Jefferson High School Girls and Boys swim teams, winning a State Championship with the boys’ team and Academic State Championship for both boys and girls teams multiple years. Wendy has been coaching competitive swimming for over 20 years. Wendy has been the head swim coach and developer of the largest Masters Swim Team in the State of Washington, Blue Wave Aquatics. She won PNA Coach of the Year in 2017 and received the United States Swimming Kerri O’Brien "Visionary" Award in 2010. Recently, Wendy has put her coaching skills to a test by earning 200HR KRI Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Certification specializing in fear, anger, anxiety and addictive behaviors. This training has expanded into a lifestyle coaching called Soul Swimming working from the inside out. Her constant attention to detail, focus on training effectively and racing with passion led to an outstanding finish to both our short course and long course championship seasons.

Sebastian Fidalgo Age Group Coach (Federal Way)

KING Aquatic Club (KING) is excited to welcome Sebastian Fidalgo to the coaching staff. Joining KING in 2023, Sebastian will initially be working primarily with the Federal Way Age Group 1 and Age Group 2 swimmers, brings a wealth of swimming knowledge and enthusiasm to KING. Sebastian fell in love with the sport of swimming while competing for local clubs in his home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began his coaching career with the University of New Mexico providing swim lessons to local youth. He quickly realized coaching was his passion and took the opportunity to learn from Head Coach Doug Forbes as the assistant coach to the senior group of Lobo Aquatics. Sebastian served Lobo for nearly 2 years before the team merged with Charger 505 to form the new BEAST Aquatics (BST). As the Head Lochness coach, BST saw immediate success in the New Mexico swimming arena winning the New Mexico Short Course State Championship in its first year. Sebastian is grateful for his experience learning from his mentors at BST and is excited to be continuing his career at KING. 

Jinxin (Joey) Xiong Age Group Coach (Federal Way)

Coach "Joey" started swimming in China at 9 years old and qualified for her first China National Championship at age 14. She swam in high-performing teams in China from 2007-2010 and coached the High-Performing team in the summer. She moved to the United States in 2010. She started to coach again in Oregon (Tualatin Hills) in 2016 but moved back to Seattle in 2018.

Coach Joey recently earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Development from Eastern Washington University.

Prior to KING, Joey has coached for several swim teams and most recently with Metro Aquatics in Tacoma as the Lead Age Group coach. Her vast experience and technical knowledge with all strokes, makes her a welcome addition to our coaching staff.

Makenna Cain Age Group Coach (Tacoma)

Coach Makenna will be working with the Tacoma novice and age group swimmers. Makenna is from Phoenix, Arizona and started swimming at the age of 7. She swam for Swim Neptune in Glendale and Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix. Coach Makenna is the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach for the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club. She also swam at the collegiate level at the University of Puget Sound and is now an assistant coach for the University of Puget Sound Swim Team.

Coach Makenna is a full time student and is studying Secondary Education with an emphsis in History. 

Makenna's coaching motto is "Have fun and get the job done!"

Vanessa Moffatt Age Group Coach (Tacoma)

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome alumna Vanessa Moffatt to the coaching staff in 2021. Vanessa will be primarily coaching the Tacoma area training groups bringing an abundance of passion and experience to the coaching staff. Prior to joining KING as a coach, Vanessa worked several years for Megan Jendrick's ACQUA swim clinic events, coached in Utah at OREM Recreation Summer Swim Team, taught swimming at the BYU Richards Pool, swimming instructor at BYU Sports Camps, and for three years (2019-2022) was an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound Loggers swim team in Tacoma. Vanessa grew up swimming in the Pacific Northwest for Rolling Hills Swim Team in the summers (11 years), Chinook Aquatic Club (1 year), King Aquatic Club (10+ years), and prepped at Kennedy Catholic High School Lancers swim & dive team (4 years) serving as senior team captain. She continued her competitive swimming career as a member of the Brigham Young University Cougars swim & dive team serving as a senior team captain. She graduated with a major in Psychology and minored in both Business Management and Global Studies. After graduating, Vanessa moved back to the Pacific Northwest and currently works as a Research & Development Food Technician at Continental Mills in Kent.

Kristine Cox Strength & Conditioning Coach

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome Kristine Cox to the coaching staff in 2023. Kristine will be working as KING Strength and Conditioning Coach. As a lifelong competitive and former collegiate swimmer, Kristine loves to train and compete. She currently holds several U.S. Masters’ Swimming records at the state and zone levels. Constantly active, she began teaching group exercises in Portland in 2010. A few years later, she began coaching youth and masters swimmers at Stafford Hills Club in Tualatin – specializing in performance training and stroke technique. Kristine’s focus areas as a trainer include functional movement training, sport-specific conditioning, and TRX. Kristine holds a Bachelor of Science from Willamette University, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She is the Co-Head Girls Swim and Dive Coach and the Head Boys Swim and Dive Coach at Bainbridge High School.

Maya Lovre Substitute/Assistant Coach

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome Maya Lovre to the coaching staff. Joining KING in May 2023, Maya will be initially working as substitute coach for Novice & Age Group programs. Prior to KING, Maya was a coach at Fife Area Swim Team (FAST). Maya is very excited to join the awesome staff at KING! She started out on a summer swim league when she was 11 years-old and finally joined Portland Aquatic Club (PAC) when she was 13. She swam with PAC until she graduated from US Grant High School in Portland, Oregon where she also swam varsity for 4 years. She currently attends Pacific Lutheran University as a senior where she swam for the school travel team, specializing in backstroke, and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Minor in Sport Psychology. She has over 5 years of experience teaching swim lessons and is very excited to apply that knowledge and what she has learned in college about movement and coaching to help the KING swimmers succeed. Learning new swimming skills, commitment to practice, and putting in hard work to improve are her top three goals for her swimmers.

Rachel Metzgar Substitute/Assistant Coach

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome Rachel Metzgar to the coaching staff in 2021. Coach Rachel will be working as a substiute coach. Coach Rachel started swimming at age 8 swimming in San Diego, California. At age 17, she qualified for Senior Nationals in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle and was recruited to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Engineering. As a Fighting Falcon at USAFA, she was an All-American, and two years in a row she finished 2nd place to her twin sister (also a USAFA Alumni) in the 500 and 1650 freestyle events at the NCAA Division II championships 1995, 1996. After graduation, Rachel was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training, graduating in 1999 as a KC-135 pilot. In 2006, she transitioned to the Air Force Reserves, where she continues to serve as a full-time C-17 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot. She has over 3,500 flight hours and feels so lucky to have traveled all over the world in the service of our Country. Most recently, she was inducted into the USAFA Swimming Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of the first team, men or women, to win a NCAA Championship (Division II).

Rachel believes her career as a swimmer taught her lifelong skills such as time management, comradery, work ethic and resiliency, and she hopes as a coach to instill the same values in her athletes. She directly credits the lessons she learned as a swimmer with her ability to graduate pilot training and serve as a pilot for the last 23 years, as well as overcome many life challenges. She has been a proud swim mom for almost 6 years and has two awesome children who are on King Aquatic Club.

She is married to Charles Metzgar, who also served as an USAF Pilot for 25 years and is currently an Alaska Airlines Captain. She has 3 cats and enjoys running, coaching, and watching swimming, reading and traveling.

Svetlana Karpeeva Substitute/Assistant Coach

King Aquatic Club alumna and Olympian Svetlana "Svet" Karpeeva returned to KING as a coach in 2018 before stepping down in 2020 as a full time Age Group Coach in order spend more time with her young family and focus on training to qualify for a spot on the Russian Olympic Team with a goal of competing in 2021 at Tokyo. While no longer coaching full time on the pool deck, Svet will continue to fill in as a substitute coach.

Swimming at a competitive level for nearly two decades, Svet’s career also has a strong emphasis on education, with coaching experience at numerous swim schools both in Russia and the US. With post-graduate work in physical education and sports training, she complements her swimming achievements with 13 published articles in scientific journals and students winning titles around the world after training under her leadership.

Svet represented Russia in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She placed 13th in 200 IM and broke 20 year old Russian National Record. In 2006 and 2008 Svetlana won 4 gold medals at World Cup series (New York, Belo-Horizonte, Singapore and Moscow). While training at KING, she earned 3 bronze medals at World University Games (2007 and 2009) and one bronze at US Open (2009). After Svet retired from competitive swimming in 2012 she started working as a specialist of the scientific group at Russian National Junior Team. During 2012-2016 Russian juniors demonstrated great results at World and European Junior Championships, winning overall or getting in top 3 teams. On the side of that Svet was coaching her own group of athletes at Russian National Training Center in Volgograd. One of the swimmers from that group has made Russian National Team for Junior World Championships in 2015. Svet is passionate about passing her experience to the young generation of swimmers. She truly thinks sports help kids to become focused, disciplined, motivated for anything they choose in the future.(Svet has a husband and 2 sons. 

The powerful combination of personal swimming excellence and academic achievements make Svet a unique asset to KING.

Timothy Yen Substitute/Assistant Coach

Coach Timothy "Tim" returned as a full time coach for King Aquatic Club in 2020 after serving as a seasonal coach in 2019. Tim also coaches swimming at Federal Way High School, Marine Hills Swim & Tennis Club, and University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Prior to coaching, Tim joined KING as a swimmer in 2017 after swimming for the University of Hawaii (Major in Biology), Green Salamanders Swim Team, Rancho San Dieguito Swim Club, and La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. Tim who was born in Cebu City (Philippines) also swam for Team Philippines at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championship in Singapore and the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Tim's words of wisdom for swimmers is, "Swimming takes lots of dedication and sacrifices. It is also a sport wherein one has to challenge one's self. If your heart and mind is into swimming, then go for it!"

Elizabeth Yen Team Administrator & Billing