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Gary J Crowe

Head Coach

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Coach Gary smiley became the head coach at Midnight Sun Swim Team in September of 2009. Gary has been a Head Coach for 20 years. He has coached all levels of swimming from the novice to national level swimmers.   Beginning his career in Ketchikan, AK, Gary devoted himself to the pursuit of excellence and challenging swimmers to do their best. He has coached in Ketchikan, Juneau, Champaign

and Bozeman.

During his tenure, Gary has coached the female swimmer of the year for Montana in 2007, the Alaska Swimming of the year for males in 2001, and the high school male swimmer of the year in 1991. He was the Alaska Swimming, Inc. Age-Group Coach of the year. He has sent swimmers to nationals, junior national, sectionals, western zones, and y-nationals. His girls
team finished in third place at y-national in 2003.  Gary also is the Head Coach for the Lathrop/Hutchison/Monroe High School Swim Team.
Gary has also served in the Alaska Swimming, Inc. Board of Directors, as the Senior Swimming Chair, the Age Group swimming Chair. In his spare time, Gary likes to hike, bike and fish.
 
 

Alyssa Keill

Assistant Coach

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Coach Alyssa smileywas born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. She started swim lessons in the preschool classes at Mary Siah and Hamme and joined MSST around age 9. She swam on MSST through high school and was recruited to swim NCAA DI at the University of New Mexico, where she completed her 4 years of eligibility, returning each summer to train with MSST. 
Alyssa has her Bachelors in Exercise Science (minor: nutrition) and her Masters in Health Promotion. She has a job working for the American Lung Association in Alaska at the Fairbanks office.

Abigail Angaiak

Assistant Coach

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Coach Abigail smileywas born in Bethel but raised in Fairbanks. She started swimming on MSST when she was 13 years old. Currently, she is attending UAF. She decided to coach because as she states, "I love kids and swimming combined it is the best thing ever!" You will also see her working as a lifeguard at Hamme a few nights a week. "I love kids and coaching for MSST!" 

Amy West

Assistant Coach

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Coach Amy  smiley  was born and raised in Dalhart, Texas.  She moved to Fairbanks in the summer of 2016 with her army husband and 4 kids.  Amy graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2016 where she played Division I basketball.  Coach Amy began coaching swimming in 2014 in Germany.   She has always loved coaching and encouraging youth.  When her daughter, Grace, took up swimming, Amy started to study swimming and how to better help Grace achieve her goals. Coaching swimming has become one of her joys and passions. 

Over the years, Amy has worked as a medical sales rep for Johnson & Johnson and a substitute teacher. In addition to coaching, she volunteers with army organizations, churches, and chapels. 

Coach Amy enjoys hiking, fishing, exploring new places, and watching her kids in their various sports!

Leah Lipka

Assistant Coach

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Coach Leah smiley  grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and was a Midnight Sun Swim Team swimmer from the time she was 5 years old. She swam for Brandeis University Swim Team and served as Captain of the Women's team her senior year, focusing mostly on Backstroke and IM. In 2009, she began coaching for MSST working directly with the Novice level swimmers. She has always enjoyed helping individual athletes develop confidence in themselves and the skills they need to improve in the water. "Swimming has done so much for me in my life and I am always thrilled at the chance to share my love of the sport with young athletes," says coach Leah. Besides swimming, she is an adventure lover. She has traveled through South East Asia, taught English in South Korea and most recently hiked all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail.