Kalen A Darling
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
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.
Rachel M Millet
Assistant/Novice Team 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.
Alex P Martinek
We are glad to have former this former SAS swimmer back as a coach. Known for his hard workouts, Alex is passing on his work ethic & love of the sport to our kids. In addition to coaching for SAS, he also coaches for Team Blaze, one of Spokane's top triathlon clubs & has also coached high school swimming. He had a successful age group career & now puts his swimming to work in traithlon endeavors.