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. 

Stephanie Bates Lead Site Coach (Lacey/Olympia)

Coach Stephanie joined KING in 2020 and will be working with the Lacey/Olympia area swimmers. She recently relocated from El Paso, Texas where she worked as Head Site Coach for the El Paso Area Posse (EPAP) Swim Team, the largest and fastest swim team in the Border Swimming LSC. She started swimming at an early age in Kansas and continued through high school by swimming summer league and for her high school. She began coaching in 2008 as the Girl's Head Swimming Coach for Maur Hill-Mount Academy in Atchison, KS where she also taught music classes, then as an assistant coach for the Kansas City Blazers swim team for 2 years. She has continued coaching and teaching in various places around the world, including South Korea and Colorado Springs (Cheyenne Mountain Aquatics), thanks to her husband's on-going career in the United States Army. 

As a member of the military community, a certified teacher, coach, and member of ASCA (Level 2 Certification), being a life-long learner is important to Coach Stephanie. She likes to incorporate different subject areas into swimming (math, music, history, social studies, character development, science, etc. They can all be connected to swimming!). Coach Stephanie runs a technique-focused program with emphasis on developing a "growth mindset" and "swimming smart". She hopes to share her love of learning and swimming to help swimmers reach their full potential. The moments which stick out the most to Coach Stephanie over her 10+ years as a coach are the "aha!" moments that swimmers have when they make a learning connection.

Coach Stephanie enjoys spending time with her two dogs and husband, cooking and baking, cycling, swimming, traveling, reading, creating things (DIY projects and crafts), playing piano and trombone, hiking, and home improvement projects.  

Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Book: The Art of Racing In The Rain - Garth Stein
Favorite Movie: Any of the Pitch Perfect movies!  

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.

Brenna Dickson Age Group Coach (Federal Way)

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome Brenna Dickson to the coaching staff in 2021. Coach Brenna will be working with the Federal Way groups. Prior to joining KING, Coach Brenna coached at Scottsdale Aquatic Club in Arizona, OREM Recreation Summer Swim Team in Utah, and was a swimming instructor at BYU Sports Camps. Coach Brenna, who is from Arizona, swam for Utah Valley Aquatics, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, YMCA Westside Silver Fins, Sun West Swimming, Mountain Ridge High School Mountain Lions swim team in Glendale, and swam collegiately for Brigham Young University Cougars. Coach Brenna is currently attending Antioch University in Seattle working on post graduate studies.

Tori Head Age Group Coach (Federal Way)

Coach Tori Head (née Schermacher) joined KING when she was 8 years of age in 2002 competing through 2009. She then swam for Decatur High School in Federal Way for 4 years and was captain in her Junior and Senior years. 

After high school, Tori graduated with her bachelor’s from Central Washington University and went back to her first love of swimming soon after. She started by volunteer coaching for her former high school (2017) and soon after was hired on by the Federal Way Public Schools as an official swim coach. Starting as an assistant coach for the district including a local summer league team (2018), Tori was asked to be the Head Coach of the boys and girl’s programs for one of the local high schools (2018-Present) as well as head coach of a local summer league team (2019-Present). In her two years as head coach she has been awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award (2019), the NPSL Olympic Division Coach of the Year Award (2020), and has had two back-to-back undefeated seasons with her boys’ teams (2019 & 2020).

As a KING alumna, Tori returned as a coach in September, 2018 where she has taken on the role as Pre-Senior 1 coach and has helped several swimmers achieve their goal of making it to Champs and Regionals. Tori is an (extra) creative coach who loves to go the additional mile to help make the KING swimmers have a positive and rewarding experience.

Aside from coaching, Tori swims for Blue Wave Masters 2-3 times a week and loves being able to inspire her swimmers by showing them that no matter how old you get, you are never too old to love the sport of swimming!

Ryan Retana Age Group Coach (Federal Way)

Ryan joined King Aquatic Club in 2020 as site coach for the Lacey/Olympia training groups located in Thurston County. Ryan grew up swimming in the Pacific Northwest and swam competitively for 12 years. Prior to joining KING, Ryan coached at University Place Aquatic Club and before that at Evergreen Swim Club. For over eight years, Ryan has been coaching and instructing at a competitive level with swimmers he has coached qualifying for champs, regionals and zones.

"I’m very passionate about the sport of swimming! Swimming taught me many life skills and I continue to learn new things every day! As a coach I hope to inspire swimmers the same way that my coaches inspired me. I love the ocean! On my free time I like to surf and spend time at the beach with my family."

Timothy Yen Age Group Coach (Federal Way)

Coach Timothy "Tim" returns now 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!"

Abigail Carter Age Group Coach (Lacey/Olympia)

KING is excited to welcome Abby Carter (née Sullivan) to the coaching staff. Abby will be primarily assisting the Lacey/Olympia area training groups and brings an abundance of passion and experience to the coaching staff. Prior to joining KING, Abby coached at Evergreen Swim Club for three years. She is passionate about swimming and believes that the lessons and values athletes learn through swimming have a lifelong effect both in and out of the water.

Abby grew up swimming in the Pacific Northwest for Tumwater High School, Evergreen Swim Club, and Tacoma Swim Club. She continued her competitive swimming career as a member of the University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving team while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. After graduating, Abby moved back to the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

Rachel Metzgar Age Group Coach (Lacey/Olympia)

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome Rachel Metzgar to the coaching staff in 2021. Coach Rachel will be working with the Lacey/Olympia groups. 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.

Sara Nelson Age Group Coach (Lacey/Olympia)

KING is proud to announce the addition of Sara Nelson (née Quan) to the coaching staff in 2021. Sara will be working with the KING groups in Thurston County. Sara grew up swimming competitively in Portland, Oregon and went on to compete for the University of Washington. As a Husky in 1994, she achieved a second place at PAC-10 Championship and placed 20th at NCAA Championship swimming the 1650-yard freestyle. Sara held the UW school record in this event until 2007. After college, Sara pursued triathlon, Nordic skiing, and Open water swimming races. In July 2001, Sara was part of a relay team alongside the first Down’s syndrome swimmer, Karen Gaffney, to cross the English Channel. Sara has been active as a Coach & competitor for US Masters Swimming since 1998. Sara began coaching with a USA Swimming club when her daughter needed a coach. Sara is passionate about the sport of swimming. Swimming has enabled lifelong friendships, teaches kids how to work hard and achieve goals, and establishes a foundation for lifetime fitness and health.

Sara is the mother of two amazing kids and is a dog mom. Sara is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist. 

Makenna Cain Age Group Coach (Tacoma)

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome Makenna Cain to the coaching staff in 2021. Coach Makenna will be working with the Tacoma group. Makenna, who is from Arizona, swam for Swim Neptune in Scottsdale and Sandra Day O’Connor High School Eagles swim team in Phoenix. Coach Makenna is currently attending and swam collegiately for the University of Puget Sound Loggers swim team in Tacoma.

Leigh Lopez-Silvers Age Group Coach (Tacoma)

King Aquatic Club is excited to welcome alumna Leigh Lopez-Silver to the coaching staff in 2022. She swam 11 years on University Place Aquatic Club (UPAC), three years on KING, and prepped at Curtis Senior High School Vikings in University Place for four years setting various school records, a state championship, and a two-time All-American in relay. She swims collegiately for Marshall University Thundering Herd where she is majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in criminal justice. Leigh says, "I’m excited to show young swimmers that swimming is all about having fun. Even during a difficult set the fun can still be found."

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 since 2019 has been 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.

Becca Kawaoka Peformance Coach & COVID Coordinator

Coach Becca Kawaoka joined the KING family of coaches in 2019. She comes from a small farm town known as Stillman Valley, Illinois. She credits her understanding of hard work to her upbringing on the farm! Becca graduated from Trinity Christian College in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science, where she earned both academic and athletic scholarships (soccer & track). She has been personal training & coaching a wide range of clientele since age 18, from young athletes to senior citizens. As an elite triathlete, cyclist, and runner, Becca brings a competitive perspective to the coaching field. She is equally as passionate about injury prevention and rehabilitation as she is about pushing athletes to reach their potential. Her primary goal is to help athletes grow, mentally and physically, largely in part by assisting individuals define a clear awareness of who they are and what they want to achieve. 

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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.

Amanda Beard Stroke & Technique Consultant

Seven time Olympic medalist and former World Record holder, Amanda Beard, will be joining the King Aquatic Club (KING) Coaching Staff in 2020. Amanda will be joining KING as a Stroke and Technique Consultant and will take time working with swimmers of all levels who are members with KING.

Amanda Beard was 14 years-old the first time she made an appearance in the Olympic Games and walked away as the second youngest swimmer in history to medal with one gold and two silvers. Over the course of the next twelve years she would be the recipient of eight USA Swimming National Titles, hold the FINA World Record and World Champion title for the 200-meter breaststroke, make three more appearances in the Olympic Games–accumulating another gold, two more silvers and a bronze–and serve as the USA Olympic Swimming Team Captain twice.

Amanda’s most recent entrepreneurial and swimming endeavor is as Co-Founder of Beard Swim Co., a learn-to-swim program with a philosophy that the ability to swim is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. Keeping kids’ water safe is a mission that has become even closer to Amanda’s heart since having children of her own. She is married to photographer Sacha Brown, with whom she has a son Blaise and a daughter Doone.

Swimming Accolades:

  • 7-Time Olympic medalist, including winning the Gold Medal in the Women’s 200 Breaststroke 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
  • Former World Record Holder in the Women’s 200 Breaststroke
  • 2003 + 2004 Swimming World American Swimmer of the Year
  • 2004 Golden Goggles Female Race of the Year
  • 2008 University of Arizona Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2018 International Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee”

Amanda brings an abundance of knowledge and experience at the highest level possible in the sport of swimming. Welcome to KING Amanda! We are excited to have you on board.

Elizabeth Yen Team Administrator & Billing