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SAS is fortunate to have an exceptional coaching staff. We take great pride in our coaches and their qualifications. 
Collectively, our coaches have decades of competitive swimming and coaching experience.

If at any time you have a question or concern about your swimmer’s progress, please feel free to contact his/her coach or our head coach.  
Coaching Staff

Kalen A Darling

Head Coach (Senior/National Group)



Kalen Darling is in his second year as Head Coach for Spokane Area Swimming. He graduated from Whitworth University in 2011, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, and has been a private swimming instructor for more than ten years.

Growing up in Hawai’i, Kalen swam for Kamehameha Swim Club throughout high school. His collegiate career took him to the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he was a six-time Conference-USA Championship finalist. After his sophomore year, Kalen transferred to Whitworth University where he ended his swimming career as a four-time NCAA Division III All-American and six-time NWC Champion. 

Pursuing a career as a professional triathlete, Kalen has competed in the International Triathlon Union circuit. He was the 2010 Under-23 Pro National Champion. 

Gary A Johnson

Assistant Coach (Junior Group)


Gary began coaching with SAS in 1996.  He assists in coaching all the levels of swimmers on SAS. He is the primary coach for the Silver, Bronze and Osprey level swimmers.  Gary brings a wealth of coaching experience to our program, having been a head coach for over eight years.  Gary’s coaching experience began with the Salvation Army Swim Team, where he was the head coach from 1980-1983.  He was also the assistant coach for Spokane’s Super Nova Aquatic Club from 1983-1986 and the head coach for EWRA’s swim team from 1986-1994.

Alexandr I Grudovik

Assistant Coach (Bronze/Silver Group)


Rachel M Millet

Assistant Coach (Gold Group)


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.