Coaching Staff

Jerry Johnston Head Coach (Senior)

Was one of the original swimmers on Lake Washington Swim Club, which is now Chinook, and was their first male swimmer to qualify for Sr. Nationals. Graduated from Newport High School. Went to the University of Washington on a full ride scholarship and was a 3 year All-American as well as team captain. Qualified for Olympic Trials in 1972 and 1976 and placed 5th at Sr. Nationals in the 400 IM in 1972. Began coaching in 1977 at Issaquah Swim Team and had several Jr. and Sr. National qualifiers including a Jr. National Champion. Coached the high school team at Issaquah High School as well. Moved to Colorado to become a Real Estate Appraiser in 1991 and returned to full time coaching at Taos New Mexico in 2008. Moved to Moses Lake, Wa. in 2010 and coached the Manta Rays for 4 years and was Inland Empire coach of the year in 2011. Moved to Poulsbo, Wa. in 2014 and was PNS Sr. coach of the year in 2018. Coached 2 swimmers to Sr. Nationals, 5 swimmers to Jr. Nationals and 7 to Futures. Coached numerous swimmers to Age Group and Sr. Zones over the years at Taos, Moses Lake and Poulsbo. This summer, coached 1 swimmer to Olympic Trials qualification at Sr. Nationals. 

Brendan Weibel Age Group Coach (Renton Blue, Sectional)

Brendan started with Chinook in the fall of 2020 working with the Sectional and Blue Groups at the Renton Location. Prior to joining Chinook, Brendan was an assistant senior coach at various clubs in Chicagoland and Champaign, IL. Brendan has had the opportunity to coach swimmers working towards their first BB standard all the way to multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers, Illinois High School state champions, and Junior National Qualifiers. As a coach, Brendan's goal is to be the best he can be at helping EVERY swimmer on the team achieve his or her goals in swimming! Outside of the pool, you can find Brendan writing code, riding his bike, or watching Chicago Bears football.

Mike McIntyre Lead Coach (Bellevue Blue, Sectional)

12 Time All American 1971-1975 U of W. Team Co-Captain 1975.

 Olympic Trials Finalist 1972 100M Backstroke, 5th Place finish

 National Champion 1972 100M Backstroke 

 National Champion Member (73-74-75 Relays)

 Numerous Top Three Individual National and NCAA Division I Finishes

 World Rankings 72, 73, 74, 75 100M Backstroke

 USA National Team Member 1974 to South American International Olympics

 USA National Team Member 1975 to European Championship Circuit

 USA National Team Member 1976 to Soviet Russian Nationals 


Master Swimming World Top Ten Times (various strokes/distances) 1988-present.  

Swim Coaching certificate Level 2 

Swim Coach and Stroke Technique Coach - 1977-present.

Qualified and Certified Lifeguard

Justin Fleming Lead Coach (Bellevue Red, White)

Justin is a lifelong swimmer and grew up in the Eastside Seattle suburbs.  In 2004 Justin was selected to the Paralympic team and represented the United States in Athens, Greece.  For the next three years Justin was a member of the US Paralympic National Team where he had numerous opportunities to compete around the world.  In 2009 Justin began coaching under his long time mentor Kiko Van Zandt, gaining his USS coaching card.  

Lindsay Smith Lead Coach (Renton Red, White)

Lindsay began coaching for Chinook at the start of the fall 2020 working with the Renton White and Blue groups. Lindsay grew up in Fairwood swimming for Rolling Hills Swim Team in the summer. Graduated from Kentridge High School in 2016 where she swam and played water polo. Lindsay continued her swimming career at Pacific Lutheran University where she swam all four years and graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelors of Kinesiology, with a concentration in exercise science and a minor in business. She was also an assistant for Rolling Hills Swim Team in summer of 2019. Lindsay has plans to attend graduate school for occupational therapy in fall of 2021. 

Lynn Gerking Treasurer & Billing/Financial
Robert Karl Board Member
Meredith McClurg Board Member
Susan Paley Meet Director