Head Swim Team Coach
I began my swimming career when I was eight with a club team in Hillsboro, Oregon. Soon after graduating high school, I accepted a scholarship for swimming at Seattle University. By the end of my career I achieved relay and individual (200 fly) school records. Upon graduating from Seattle University in 2014 with a BA in Sport and Exercise Science I started working with KING Aquatic Club. I currently am the Regional and Age Group coach, working with primarily 14 and unders. I also am working with Pacific Lutheran University as an assistant swimming coach.
I am thrilled to be the new Marine Hills head coach because of how much fun it will be. I was a head coach of a summer league team down in Oregon, but it was no where near the amount of passion and excitement that the Marine Hills community has shown so far. Competing for an All-City title is something I’m very excited about and all the memories that come along the way
Assistant Swim Coach
I have always loved water - even before joining a swim team, I spent as much time as possible in and around water. My love for the water lead to me join a local YMCA swim team when I was 10. I followed a friend and I have loved competitive swimming ever since. I swam through high school and qualified for All-American status in my favorite event, the 50 Free.
I then taught swimming lessons at that same YMCA and soon got invited to help start an aquatic program at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in 2005. While working there, I dreamed of creating a summer league swim team, so I went for it in 2007. This venture started slowly but, year-by-year it picked up momentum. We created a strong summer swim program and inspired several athletes to continue to pursue competitive swimming year-round on club and high school swim teams. Just recently, we had one of our first swimmers in the program become a coach for our team. This was a rewarding experience for me.
I recently relocated to this area, so I'm sad to leave my old team, but I'm excited to have the opportunity to coach with Marine Hills this summer and hopefully for years to come. I absolutely love to share my passion for this sport with swimmers and their families. It's great to work hard, have fun and continually improve together!
Team Coach: Leadership & Vision
Doug has lived in Seattle for the past 7 years and swam for KING Aquatics and Seattle University. He was a 6x All-American and a World Championship Trials competitor. As an age-group swimmer Doug was ranked as high as 2nd in the U.S. He attributes a large amount of his success to the attention to detail that was given to his strokes (all 4 of them) as they are what truly set the basis for which without his success would not have occurred.
As a coach, Doug wants to provide an atmosphere and opportunity to young kids and athletes that supplies structure, fosters growth and maturity, enables success, and ensures everyone has fun. He believes that the club's combination of coaches, experience, and objectives will ensure that this summer is a fun, captivating, and amazing experience for all involved!
Kermit has been teaching and coaching tennis in the Pacific Northwest for over 29 years. As a USPRT Certified Tennis Professional, he has been involved in the development of several nationally ranked adult and junior players, over 25 collegiate tennis scholarship recipients and over 50 high school state medalists. As a coach he has won 2 high school state team titles, 14 district championships and 17 league championships. He was the Head Tennis professional at Bally Tennis in Federal Way until its closure in December of 2011.
Water Polo Coach
Amanda Saunders has grown up primarily in the Pacific Northwest, involved in swim and water polo programs for 8 years. She has worked with kids most of her life, specifically within the Kent School District since 2012 as the head swim and water polo coach. A graduate from the University of Washington, she works closely in the community to grow water polo programs, and local involvement throughout the Puget Sound. With all of her teams, she works to provide a strong team environment that can learn the game, build a passion for the water, create positive relationships and have fun! She currently lives in the Puyallup valley with her boyfriend, John, and is excited to experience the summer and share her aquatics passion and knowledge with the Marine Hills team!