Coaching Staff

Kenneth Spencer Head Coach - Central/MIBC
LeAnne McClaskey Head Site Coach - Normandy Park

As a Seattle native, LeAnne grew up in the Rainier Beach area and attended Seattle Preparatory School. She swam locally with Chinook Aquatic Club before making the move to Salmon Bay Aquatics where she became a National level swimmer. 

After her collegiate career, LeAnne coached for the UCLA masters swim team before moving back to the PNW where she began her coaching career with Chinook Aquatic Club as well as a career in Real Estate. LeAnne believes that her commitment and discipline to the sport has translated to her success outside of the pool. With years of swimming under her belt, she hopes to make an impact with her athletes.

Swimming Career Highlights

  • UCLA Scholarship Athlete
  • 1997 Junior National West 200 Backstroke Champion and Record Holder
  • Senior National Qualifier in the 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle
  • 2000 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 100 backstroke
  • NCAA Qualifier & All-American
  • UCLA’s Women’s Pac-10 Championship Team, 2001 & 2003

Coaching Background

  • 2018 PNS All-Star Coaching Staff
  • Chinook Aquatic Club 2004-2012
  • UCLA Masters 2004
  • Lakeridge Swim and Tennis Club 2003
Sean Tento Head Site Coach - MSC

Sean grew up in Seattle, swimming for the West Seattle YMCA and then for KING. In college, Sean swam four years for Eastern Michigan University as a distance swimmer. While at Eastern Michigan he earned a degree in Exercise Science, expanding his knowledge on human anatomy and physiology. He also gained a better understanding of how to improve the strength, conditioning, and nutrition of the active population. Using ten years of experience and knowledge, Sean aims to enhance swimmers abilities in and out of the pool with an enjoyable and energizing approach.  

Sean is the lead site coach, running all groups, at our MSC pool. He also develops purposeful and effective dryland programs for the team.

Derek Young Head Site Coach - View Ridge

Derek’s swimming career started in the Northern Virginia Swim League, one of the nation’s oldest and largest youth summer swim leagues, when he was six years old. Carried to early relay success by older swimmers and unable to hit live pitching, Derek began swimming year-round for the Arlington Aquatic Club. He officially became a swammer after four years as a member of the varsity swim team athe University of Maryland. After graduation Derek spent close to two years as a lobbyist on Capital Hill before returning to the sport of swimming as a coach; first for Langley High School, then Great Falls Swim and Tennis in the NVSL and then as an Age Group coach for Arlington Aquatic Club. For the last nine years, Derek has been a fulltime coach for Arlington Aquatic Club, Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP), and the Sandhills Sand Sharks. During his career, Derek has worked with swimmers of all ages and ability and achievement levels. He believes in creating an environment where every athlete can grow into the best version of themselves.

Tommy Cunningham National - Central/MIBC

Tommy Cunningham has been involved in Pacific Northwest Swimming since he was 10 years old. As an athlete he was a National level qualifier that went on to swim for the University of Washington. 

In 2010, he began coaching for King Aquatic Club as an assistant coach. Since then he’s been able to coach every group on the club leading him to being the National/Senior coach at the North site. The athletes have quickly excelled under his tutelage as evidenced by his swimmers having broken more than 100 team records, over 70 PNS records, and have set 10 National Age Group records. His athletes have set over 80 national top-ten rankings and have posted more than 50 national all-time top 100 times. In the 2017-2018 short course season all 50 of the athletes in his group qualified for either Senior Sectionals or Age Group Regionals.

Tommy’s coaching style puts a large emphasis on teaching elite technique in addition to providing every athlete with the opportunity to be great.

  • 2017 & 2018 American Swim Coaches Association National Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2017 Pacific Northwest Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2016 PNS Zones Team Head Coach
  • 2016 PNS All Star Team Head Coach
Tomas Mendez Senior Performance & National - South

Tomas Mendez joins SMAC after spending the 2017-2018 season as an assistant coach with Seattle University. During his time there he was lead coach for the sprint group, helping swimmers to multiple school records and program top 10 times. Prior to his experience at Seattle U, Tomas had spent 3 seasons with Pacific Lutheran University as an assistant coach. During his 3 years, he helped the women’s program win 2 conference championships, as well as multiple individual champions on both men’s and women’s sides.

As Tomas gained experience at the collegiate level, he was able to balance coaching at the club level with KING Aquatic Club. He spent 4 years with KING, first starting with Coach Tommy at the North site then moving to be lead coach for Age Group and Regional groups in the South. During his 3 years at KCAC, Tomas helped lead swimmers to records ranging from team, to PNS, and even coached members of National Age Group setting relays. Swimmers in his Regional group were able to reach Top 10 in USA Swimming, as well as set numerous PNS Top 16 All Time times and multiple USA Swimming All Time Top 100 times.

As a swimmer, Tomas swam for Hillsboro Swim Team in Oregon for 10 years. He then moved on to swim at Seattle University for 4 years, setting school records in the 200 fly and 800 freestyle relay. Tomas graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Sport and Exercise Science. Away from the pool, Tomas likes to stay healthy by eating well and staying fit. He also likes to spend time with wife, Marley.

Kieran Schaefer Senior & Masters - Central/MIBC

Kieran came to SMAC after a 4 year career as a varsity swimmer at Seattle U. He runs our Senior group at the Central/MIBC site as well as the SMAC Masters program. Kieran was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, which includes his time swimming for Seattle University. He grew up club swimming in Oregon, and was a 50, 100, 200, and 500 yard freestyler.

Justin Moser Senior - Normandy Park

Justin started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Mt Rainier Pool in 2005 and would do so for the next 6 years before being transferred to Kent Meridian Pool where he would eventually become manager. Justin overhauled the lesson program putting a huge emphasis on instructor training, and swimming technique. 

At age 16 Justin began his coaching career as a part time assistant for King Aquatic Club. He would later become an assistant coach at Mt Rainier High School for the boys and girls swim teams. After leaving King and Mt Rainier in 2008, he continued to coach high school swimmers privately. He was the Head Coach for Kentwood High School for 4 years, where he helped lead the team to 3 straight state appearances and where multiple school records were broken with non-club swimmers. Justin is looking forward to helping SMAC swimmers reach their goals in and out of the water.

When Justin isn’t coaching he runs the Highline Bears summer collegiate baseball team out of White Center.

Julian Morales Age Group Performance - Central/MIBC

Julian Morales graduated from Seattle University in June of 2018 with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. While in school, Julian was a part of the Men's Swim Team where he was selected to join the Academic All-Conference Team three times. 

Originally from Chihuahua, Julian returned to Mexico to compete at the Mexican Nationals on three occasions, winning several medals as part of relay teams.

Julian started his coaching career while still in school as he worked for Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club, and shortly after that got hired by The Race Club before deciding to return to SMAC.

When he is not on deck or in the water, Julian enjoys listening to classic rock, watching The Office, and playing Spike Ball.

Keith Ure AGP - KTSC

Keith Ure has over 30 years of coaching experience beginning in 1987 with the Kent Area Dolphins. Keith was heavily involved with the formation of King Aquatic Club, bringing the Kent Area Dolphins and Highline Swim Club together in 1996. In addition to over 30 years of club coaching experience, Keith also has 6 years Head Coach/Assistant Coach experience with Summer League Clubs (KSTC/Arbor Heights), and 9 Years as a Head High School Coach (Evergreen/Hazen).

Keith has been involved at the Pacific Northwest Swimming level serving as Head Coach of All-Star Teams and Assistant Coach of All-Star Teams on a number of occasions. Keith has also been apart of several Zone Team staffs as well.  

Keith has been recognized with a number of honors including:

  • American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year (PNS) – 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012 & 2015
  • American Swimming Coaches Association National Age Group Coach of the Year Top Ten Finalist – 2015

Keith has a track record of producing results with athletes credited for:

  • 14 National Age Group Records
  • Multiple Swimmers on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 List
  • Over 200 National Top 16/National Top 10 Rankings

Keith currently works at Boeing as an Engineering Manager on a Defense Program. 

Catherine Peter Age Group - KSTC

Catherine Peter started her swimming journey in White Center on The Salvation Army Swim Team before transferring to Husky Swim Club. She continued swimming at Highline High School and Central Washington University. After suffering her third shoulder injury during college, Catherine decided to remain on the pool deck in a new role as coach. Today she has over 20 years of coaching experience up and down the Puget Sound. Although her practices concentrate on skill building and efficiency in the water, her main focus is helping young people be better humans. Having watched previous swimmers progress to the Olympic Trials while others decided swim team just wasn’t their thing, Catherine believes this sport is much more about learning how to manage life than swimming fast times. Those are just bonuses.

Catherine spends her school days as a Language Arts teacher at Auburn School District’s alternative high school. She also acts as a chauffeur getting her two children to their increasingly more demanding activities. She’s been known to run for the exercise, not for the enjoyment, and to get in the water for a workout, as long as it involves more sun than yardage.

Jon Matchette Age Group - View Ridge

Jon was born in Monterey, California. He attended high school at Kenmore West in Tonawanda, New York, where he was a state-qualifying swimmer in freestyle and backstroke. He then attended Niagara University, a small Division 1 school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, majoring in Criminal Justice. Jon was an Academic All-American and All-Conference swimmer. He became captain his senior year and left holding three school records. He then received his Master's in Criminal Justice Administration while being a graduate assistant with the Niagara University's swim team. Jon most recently coached with the Manta Rays Aquatics Team before transferring to the Seattle area in June 2017 through work as a Community Corrections Officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Ameena Bouzerktoune Stroke Dev & Age Group - Central/MIBC
Adam Hendren Catfish, Stroke Dev & Age Group - EVG

Adam's love for competitive swimming began in 1995 in Tacoma and that has led him to a wonderful career in teaching that sport. He began teaching swim lessons at the Lakewood YMCA in 2004, then summer league at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in 2005 and Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club in 2015, and finally year-round club swimming with King Aquatic Club in 2012.

He began coaching the beginner 14 & under swimmers, immediately knowing that this was his favorite role because of the great potential for long-term skill development - if we can teach them to love the sport while we’re at it, then their overall potential sky-rockets! In the pool they learn to be a champion every day for their team, and then out of the pool they learn to be a great member of their family and community.

Adam thoroughly enjoys the swim life, and he is grateful to continue growing and improving with the Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club community.

Alessandra Losacco Catfish & Stroke Dev - KSTC

Allie has a deep-rooted love for water. After finding herself to thoroughly enjoy swim lessons as a child, she was fortunate to begin swimming for King Aquatic Club at age 9, where she stayed until age 15. Her passion for the sport was elevated by her coaches Maureen Pendergast, Keith Ure, and Kenneth Spencer. She also swam for Kentlake High School, serving as team captain for 2 years and competing at the 4A State Championships 3 years in a row. Her favorite event in high school was 500 Free.

Allie began lifeguarding and instructing swim lessons at the Covington Aquatic Center her senior year of high school. She has instructed all ages and levels, from beginner to competitor. She has been the Head Coach for the Covington Seahorses Summer Swim Team since 2017. 

The sport of swimming provided Alessandra resilience, work ethic, and mentors growing up. She finds coaches to be vital resources in feeding athletes’ futures, and finds herself humbled to be called one. 

Alessandra is pursuing a STEM degree at Green River College. She has a passion for Environmental Science, and in addition to coaching, would like to help keep waters clean in the Salish Sea for future generations. 

Once that’s all said & done, she will retire and live out her remaining days as a mermaid.

Tyler Goodspeed Catfish & Fitness - Central/MIBC

Tyler Goodspeed was born and raised in Burien, Washington. He began swimming at the young age of 7 where his dad decided to throw him into the pool against his will. Beginning as a summer league swimmer on Normandy Park Swim Club, he joined club swimming to learn how to flip-turn and joined WhiteWater Aquatics. He has been swimming ever since and developed a love for the sport of swimming despite the early practices and hard work required by it. Tyler swam on WhiteWater for 8 years before switching clubs and swimming for SMAC under Ken Spencer. Here, Tyler was able to compete at high level meets like Futures and Sectionals and form bonds with his teammates. He also swim for Highline High School where he was a 4-time state qualifier and Ironman and placed second 3 years in a row. Tyler began coaching when he was 17 years old at the Normandy Park Swim Club where he grew up swimming. He has coached kids of all ages and skill levels and loves watching kids break through their barriers and improve. Currently, Tyler now attends Seattle University where he has received the opportunity to swim for their Division I swim team. Tyler hopes to use the knowledge passed down from many coaches to help his kids improve and hopes to learn more as the years go on.

Emma McGill Catfish & Fitness - Central/MIBC

Emma is the Catfish and Fitness coach at the Central/MIBC site. She is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and is currently a student at Seattle University swimming on their varsity team. She started coaching a summer league team in 2014 and has been coaching ever since. When she’s not swimming you can find her running, spending time with family and friends, or trying new recipes. In addition to being a life-saving skill, Emma believes swimming teaches many life lessons such as commitment, hard work, and how to work on a team. She's happy to be a part of the SMAC staff and is so excited to work with the athletes.

Cassie Dallas Catfish - Central/MIBC
Josh MacLurg Catfish & Stroke Dev - View Ridge

Josh has been involved in competitive swimming for more than fifteen years. He started when he was 6 years old with the Twin Lakes Swim Team. He went on to swim with King Aquatic Club for 7 years, and at Stadium High School for 2 years. During his swimming career, Josh was able to win 2 High School State Championships and break 2 National Age Group Records. After high school, he went on to swim and serve as club president with Central Washington University’s Swim Club. Josh started coaching in 2017 at Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club, where he coached all ages for 3 seasons.

Outside of swimming, Josh enjoys hiking and running, though he still tries to swim as much as he can. He is currently working on his degree in engineering at the University of Washington.

Gunther Niklas Catfish & Stroke Dev - EVG

Gunther Niklas has over 25 years of swim coaching/classroom teaching experience. He enjoys working with swimmers of all ages and abilities.  Gunther spent a total of 7 years as an educator/coach in Mongolia, Vietnam and South Korea. 

Some of Gunther's qualifications include: 

  • American Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 International/Level 3 Age Group
  • Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration Concordia University Irvine
  • California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Developed 3 NAG top 10 swimmers
  • Coached Central California Swimming and Potomac Valley Swimming record-breakers
  • Swim America Program Director
Eve Ruiz Catfish - Normandy Park

Eve Ruiz’s passion for the sport of swimming began at the age of 8 with the Normandy Park Swim Club. She continued on to become a long-time PNS and Seamount League swimmer with Husky, Bellevue Club, Salmon Bay, and Kennedy Catholic.

Eve has won multiple State and Regional championships in the 200 and 500 Free. She has also placed at the Zone and Jr. National levels in the 200, 400, 800 Free, 400 IM and 200 Fly. As a coach, Eve has had age group swimmers ranked first in PNS and multiple PNS and Regional champions.

Eve has a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a Master’s in Organizational Management, and a post Master’s Education Specialist degree in Administration from Seattle University. In addition to coaching, she is the Principal at St. Bernadette Parish School and mother of three daughters – two of whom swim for SMAC!

Maki Moore Asssistant Coach - Normandy Park

Coach Maki Moore grew up in the Normandy Park area where her love for the sport began as a member of the Normandy Park Swim Club. Her passion for swimming continued to flourish and she joined a year-round club team. This allowed her the competitive training to qualify for such meets as Age Group Zones where she won the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle. During her high school years, Maki was a Washington State champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle multiple times and set League, District, and State records. She has competed at Junior Nationals, Nationals, the US Open and was a member of 3 National Age Group Record setting relays.  Her success in the sport allowed her to receive a scholarship from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Maki has a passion for technical excellence and injury prevention.  A shoulder injury fueled her curiosity and desire to educate her athletes on ways to avoid injury. While in Las Vegas, she coached for Las Vegas Swim Club and Desert Storm Swimming. Her swimmers have qualified for the SCS Age Group Invitational, Junior Olympics, PNS Champs, NW Age Group Regionals, and Zones. She strives to educate swimmers to apply the lessons learned in practice to their everyday lives.

Maki has her Bachelor’s in Business and Sport Management, her Master’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Sport Psychology and Sport Performance Enhancement. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. You will find Maki at the pool in her spare time as she still competes at the National level in US Masters Swimming. Her husband, Bobby, is a firefighter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Together, their love for health and wellness keeps them busy lifting weights and finding other fun ways to incorporate exercise into their day.

John Skroch Assistant Coach - Central/MIBC
Laura Petrini Assistant Coach - MSC

Laura has been actively involved in swimming most of her life. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and swam competitively for the JCC Sailfish through high school. She also swam as an undergrad for Penn State. Laura has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Ever since she was old enough to join, Laura has been active in masters swimming and she frequently can be found swimming in the pool at Mercerwood Shore Club, in Lake Washington, or in the Puget Sound at Alki beach. She is the mom of 3, all of whom swam collegiality. Laura lives in Bellevue with her husband Andy, 2 dogs, a cat and whichever of her kids who happens to be home.

Since moving to the Northwest, Laura has participated in swimming as a lifeguard, swim instructor and coach. She has taught lessons for King Aquatic Club, coached at OCA for 10 years and spent the past 2 years coaching with Columbia Athletic Club at Pine Lake. Her focus has been with novice and developmental swimmers. Laura’s philosophy is steady improvements are made through improving technical skills, correct body positioning and developing confidence all while having fun in the process!