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COACHING STAFF

Charles Root

Head Coach

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Charlie has extensive coaching experience from club through college swimming. Club teams in the US include Phoenix Swim Club, Bainbridge Island, Swim Seattle and Puyallup Aquatic. International clubs include Aqua Gym in Christchurch and Parnell Swim Club in Auckland, New Zealand. His college coaching resume includes Seattle University and University of Puget Sound. He is also well-educated in the science of coaching and swimmer development.

Charlie grew up in Spokane, swam for, and was a founding member of SAS.  He was the first member of SAS to swim at USA Swimming Nationals. He attended University of Washington on scholarship. While earning two bachelors degrees in Zoology and Psychology, Charlie swam for four years on the varsity swim team and was a Pac-10 conference finalist all four years.

Rachel Millet

Assistant Coach

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Rachel Millet is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, where she majored in Child Development and Family Relations. She is now a USA Swimming Certified Coach. She swam for the Vandals, winning four individual Western Athletic Conference (WAC) titles and was named the WAC Swimmer Of The Year in 2014. She finished her career as one of the best swimmers in school history, with University of Idaho program records in the 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and 200 Individual Medley. She is excited to share her passion, experience, and knowledge with young swimmers. 

Melissa Kirby

Assistant Coach

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Melissa Kirby’s coaching experience began in McMinnville, Oregon where she taught introductory swim lessons while swimming for the McMinnville High School Grizzlies under the tutelage of Coaches Kyle Kimball and Jason Hafner. She graduated from the University of Idaho where she majored in Nutrition with a minor in Spanish. While in attendance, she competed on the U of I Swim and Dive team under the training and guidance of Head Coach Mark Sowa, Coach Scott Cameron, and Coach Ashley Jhan. During her 3 years as a Vandal she instructed swim lessons for those with special needs which truly solidified the joy and inspiration she finds in the sport.

Megan Underwood

Assistant Coach

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Megan Underwood has been enjoying swimming since she was very young. She participated in swim lessons at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, and later became a competitive swimmer for their team. After moving to Spokane, she started teaching swim lessons for the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. As a swim instructor, she taught everything from water exploration to infants and toddlers, to competitive skills and water rescue techniques for young athletes. This work formed the passion she has now for coaching, and she fondly looks back on her two years working for Spokane Aquatics.  She is now a certified lifeguard, Aquanatic Safety Instructor, and USA Swimming Coach.

 

                                                          

                      

Brandon Fairhurst

Assistant Coach

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Brandon Fairhurst, currently a Junior at Gonzaga University, has had the opportunity to work with different organizations and coaches throughout his coaching career. In his hometown of Snohomish Washington, Brandon worked Under Ben Olszewski at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, coaching the senior group of their Summer Swim Team. This past summer, Brandon was the Spokane Parks and Rec Aquaducks Swim Team Head Coach. He has been teaching or coaching swimming for over five years now, and enjoys every moment of it.
Before coaching, Brandon swam for Snohomish High School, coached by Robert Serviss, and also for the Stingray Swim Team, coached by Ben Olszewski. 
He is also Lifeguard certified, a Lifeguard Instructor, and has held multiple management positions at different pools.