KING Leadership

Coaching Staff
Alexander Reed Head Coach/Co-Owner

Stepping into the position as the Head Coach of the King Aquatic Club (KING), along with taking over a co-ownership role, is something Alex Reed has been preparing for his entire life.

Having grown up swimming for a local PNS club in Gig Harbor, Washington, Coach Reed knows firsthand the standard of excellence KING stands for when it comes to performance in the water. He understands what the rich history of swimming in the King, Pierce, and Thurston county areas has meant to the State of Washington, and to the entire sport of competitive swimming on an International level. He is excited, prepared, and focused on doing his part to contribute to this history of excellence. He is ready to do everything he can to give KING swimmers every possible opportunity to safely grow into the best athletes and citizens they can be.

Coach Reed most recently served as the Head Coach of the University Place Aquatic Club (UPAC) from 2015 to 2020. With UPAC, he helped double the team’s membership size, grew the club’s PNS Champs team from two to over fifty swimmers, locally reaching a high-water mark of placing 5th overall in team scores at the 2019 PNS SCY Championships. During his tenure with the club, Coach Reed qualified hundreds of swimmers and produced several champions at the Regional, Zones, Sectional, Futures, Junior National, and National levels. Coach Reed has coached several swimmers to National Top 10 National Age Group rankings, and even one National Age Group Champion. These accolades helped Coach Reed to be voted by his peers as PNS Age Group Coach of the Year for two consecutive years (2017, 2018), along with being nominated as one of 50 coaches nation-wide to be considered for the National Age Group Coach of the Year award in 2018 by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). 

Coach Reed believes in challenging swimmers of all levels in creative and positive ways, allowing them every opportunity to achieve their maximum potential while embracing the hardships that come with the sport of swimming. Hard work, discipline, self-sufficiency, and healthy competition are the cornerstones of his programs and development philosophy. While building upon these cornerstones, he strives to cultivate an environment where swimmers can acclimate to and appreciate these qualities at a developmentally appropriate pace.

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. He is humbled with the opportunity to join the KING family, and is going to do everything in his power to ensure the team provides the same kind of positive impact that swimming had on his life to every member of the King Aquatic Club.

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!  

Adrienne Belliveau Age Group Coach

Adrienne joined the swim team at 6 years old and competed with the Holyoke YMCA Vikings from 1990-2002. As Part of their senior group she competed at The Bay State Games and YMCA Nationals. After a few years away from the pool she found Masters Swimming while training for a Triathlon. She fell in love with swimming again and competed with the University of San Francisco Masters Swim Team from 2005-2013 where she competed in many regional and Masters Nationals meets. She then swam one season with the Foothill Community College swim team in 2014 while studying Child Development/Early Childhood Education. Besides swimming, she has competed in Triathlon, Open Water swimming events, and as an Elite Amateur Cyclist in Road and Track Cycling, competing at Track Cycling Nationals in 2012 & 2013.

She has previously coached 2 years for a Masters Swim team in San Francisco where she worked with adult learners through former college swimmers and ran Stroke and Turn Clinics for the group.  She has also worked as an Assistant Coach for a small YMCA age group team in California where she helped focus on proper skills and technique and building base fitness for 7-13 year olds who were new to competition.

Adrienne believes that swimming should be fun, challenging, and rewarding and hopes to bring all those aspects to her swimmers at KING.

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Meredith Burney Age Group Coach

Meredith began swimming competitively at age 7 in San Antonio, Texas.  By age 10, she had set a goal to make the Olympics in the sport of Modern Pentathlon (running, swimming, horseback riding, fencing, and shooting). At 14, she was training at the Olympic Training Center and at age 15, became an All-American and was being groomed for the 1988 and 1992 US Olympic Modern Pentathlon teams.

While waiting for her sport to make the Olympic slate for women, she continued to run cross country, track and distance races, swim and paddle Hawaiian outrigger canoes. At 16, she became the youngest athlete ever to cross the Molokai Channel, a 41-mile open ocean race. In her senior year, she received an appointment to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and swam for a year before transferring to Springfield College in Massachusetts and finishing her collegiate eligibility in both swimming and track & field.

During college, Meredith began coaching age group swimmers and competing in triathlons. She became an elite, sponsored triathlete and expanded her coaching repertoire as an assistant at the University of Texas at Austin with coaches Jill Sterkel and Eddie Reese. After helping the Longhorns win the Southwest Conference Championships and place 3rd at the 1995 NCAA Championships, she decided to pursue a graduate degree to make coaching her life long career.

She was awarded a full teaching/coaching fellowship at Smith College where she completed a Master of Science degree in Exercise & Sport Studies. While studying and coaching, she was still training and competing, this time in biathlon (running and shooting) and after winning 4 of 5 national races and placing 2nd to the former world champion; she was named to the 1996 US National Biathlon Team.

Meredith has published in peer-reviewed journals, spoken at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists annual meeting, and developed curriculum for Stanford University Medical Center. She continues to shoot competitively and learn something new every day.  She is married to Rick and has 3 children, Emma, Kate and Kai and lives in University Place. She is thrilled to return to coaching swimmers and helping them reach and surpass their goals!

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.

Tori Head Age Group Coach

Coach Tori joined KING when she was 8 years of age (2002-2009, last name was Schermacher). 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).

Tori was hired on with KING 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!

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

Jinxin (Joey) Xiong Age Group Coach

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.

Timothy Yen Age Group Coach

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!"

Becca Kawaoka Peformance Coach & COVID Coordinator

Becca comes to KING with a plethora of experience in multiple levels of performance excellence. She is a force to be reckoned with an eye on the goal of making top-tier athletes. Like our other coaches, she strives for perfection in order to grow a proper foundation that rounds out athlete’s swimming needs. Her expertise in rehabilitation & senior training, sports performance, endurance & functional training for over 8 years brings next-level performance for KING.

Certifications: ACE Health Coach, ACE Personal Training, Ironman Certified Coach, TRX Professional, SCHWINN Cycling Instructor, Barre Certified, Lifetime Metabolic Coach, NPTI Level 1 & 2 Instructor, NPTI Kettlebell Certified

Training Philosophy: There is no greater feeling than being whole. Intentional movement fills spaces, fixes chronic issues, relieves pain, and improves performance. It has been my greatest joy to help athletes perform their best, adults move better, and seniors gain resilience. My philosophy is lifestyle improvement and individual adaptation. This looks different at every stage of life and with every new goal!

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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.

Ryan Retana Substitute/Assistant Coach

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."

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