Coaches & Directors


Coaching Staff

Charles Root

Head Coach


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 SAS’ first USA Swimming Nationals participant and attended and earned a scholarship to University of Washington. While graduating with two bachelors degrees in Zoology and Psychology he swam for four years on the varsity swim team and was a Pac-10 conference finalist all four years.

Alexandr I Grudovik

Assistant Coach


Alex is a former SAS swimmer and has been coaching for two years. He coaches the Bronze and Silver groups and occasionally the older swimmers. He is a student at Gonzaga University who is persuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rachel M Millet

Assistant Coach


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. 

Gary A Johnson

Substitute Coach


Gary began coaching with SAS in 1996.  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.