Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Doug Djang

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!

Tomas Mendez

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

Adam Hendren

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!

Kenna Ramey

Assistant Swim Coach


I have been a part of the Marine Hills community for 13 years now. I first joined the team when I was five years old and swam with MH until my senior year. I swam for KING Aquatic Club for four years and now I am currently swimming at the University of the Pacific in California. In high school I swam for Federal Way and was a five time state champion throughout my high school career. I am a junior national and national qualifier and I strive to be an Olympic Trial qualifier one day as well. As an assistant coach, my goals are to bring an energetic and positive vibe to the pool every day while helping the kids succeed and have an unforgettable summer as a member of Marine Hills. I hope to help every swim team member learn how special it is to be part of the fish and tree community during their experience on this team.

Neil Byers

Assistant Swim Coach


Neil grew up in Puyallup and has been swimming with King Aquatic Club since the age of twelve.  He is a student-athlete at University of the Pacific located in Northern California where he just concluded his sophomore year. Neil studies business and sport management along with pursuing his passions in the pool. Neil is co-captain of the men’s team at University of the Pacific and would like to provide leadership, encourage strong work ethic, positive attitude, and promote an enjoyable swimming experience for everyone.

Kermit Escame

Tennis Instructor


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.