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David Craig Pursley

Head Coach

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From the time Coach David was born he has been immersed in swimming.  Growing up his father was a U.S. Olympic Team coach and national team director.  His mother was a world class swimmer and 11-time All-American.  He comes from a family of 5 kids, all of whom swam at the highest levels.  Throughout his athletic career he had the opportunity to swim for 6 different Olympic team coaches.  In high school he was a 3-time National Champion, 11-time All-American and Captain of the 2005 National Championship team in just his last two years.  He went on to swim on scholarship at the University of Arizona where he was a Pac 10 finalist and a member of the 2008 National Championship team.  In the summers during college he trained with the world renowned Mission Viejo Nadadores and competed in 10k Open water events. He has been named the most inspirational and spirited swimmer for three different club teams, his high school team, and his collegiate team.  Both as a competitor and a coach he has never been shy of showing his enthusiasm for the sport of swimming and competition.

David started his coaching career under former national team coach Ray Benecki, in Mclean Virginia with FISH swim team. Coach Benecki was an excellent mentor for the development of technique and most especially freestyle and famous for his development of former world record holder Kate Ziegler.  David coached Benecki’s son to best times at the U.S. nationals in his first year with FISH.  He then went on to coach in Chapel Hill, NC with North Carolina Aquatic Club under U.S. World Championship team coach, Rich DeSelm. Here he coached the 11-14 age group with tremendous success with 100% of his swimmers attaining life time best times during his two seasons.  While with NCAC all 12 of his 14 and under swimmers qualified to represent the state of NC at the ESSZ Age Group sectionals.  6 of his swimmers achieved top 20 nationally ranked age group times.  Recently David spent the last two years coaching at the University of Alabama where he saw unprecedented results coaching the breaststrokers and IMers. In his second year he achieved 100% best times at the SEC championships and qualified four freshmen for the NCAA championships.  3 Breaststrokers finished with top 8 times in the nation last season. One swimmer in particular, Anton Mckee, set an SEC record and 3 Icelandic records while swimming for David.  Anton’s long course 200br time at the LA invite ranked him 12th in the world at the time in just his first ever season swimming the 200 breaststroke.  David’s swimmers contributed to 8 new team records at the University of Alabama.

David has a growing interest in Marine life and lives a very active lifestyle.  He loves being outside and enjoying all activities to do with the sea.  He is always looking for time for outside and playing beach volleyball and is always up for a friendly challenge.  He is an avid fan of all sports and follows closely his home town professional teams in the United States.  

Neil Hamp

Head Assistant Coach

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Joining the Stingray Swimming Club on 20 March 2017 as the Assistant Coach, Neil studied ‘Sports Development and Coaching’ at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, England where he was surrounded by swimming scholars some of whom have since gone on to compete at the London Olympic Games.  Inspired by his time at University and the thought of working with some of the best swimmers in the world, he joins with international coaching credentials.

Born in Truro, Cornwall in the UK, Neil grew up being involved I a variety of sports from rugby to cricket to water polo; anything which involved competition but mostly swimming.  Little did Neil know, he would end eventually up coaching in the Middle East, the US and now the Cayman Islands. 

Whilst at University Neil still swam competitively and began his coaching career both with the University squad and a local club.  His interest in the sport led him to take up a temporary post in the US, working on a sports camp for one summer.  Unfortunately, whilst coaching basketball he tore multiple ligaments in his knee and was forced to return home on crutches; one ACL operation later his knee is better than new!

Approached by former youth Olympian and friend Seth Chappels in 2013, Neil headed up a programme of 300 swimmers in Dubai, working across a school network delivering learn to swim lessons and fostering age group talent from around the Middle East.  Most notably, he coached a Hungarian brother and sister duo who became national qualifiers and went on to achieve top 5 rankings in their respective age groups across multiple events and have since gone on to compete at the FINA Swimming World Cup, Singapore.  Working with multiple nationalities in the fields of masters swimming and triathlon, Neil has coached several retired Olympians and Great Britain Veterans. Not averse to a little competition himself, Neil, as part of a team consisting of a GB veteran cyclist and a former marathon runner, came first at the Dubai International Triathlon. His time in Dubai was capped off with his mentoring of a Pakistani International and Olympian. Under his guidance, she now holds 7 national records across multiple events.  She was a gold and silver medallist in both the 200 and 100m breaststroke at the ‘South Asian Games’ and competitor at FINA ‘World Championships’ in Kazan, Russia where she proceeded to break the national record for 50m freestyle; she has since gone on to compete at the 2016 Rio games.

Returning to the UK in 2016 Neil stayed in the world of swimming but this time in the teaching role.  Joining a swimming franchise as Swim Technical Director, he designed poolside delivery systems and developed new course structures and business assessment through Balance Scorecard and performance indicators.

Ambitious to pass on his knowledge and inspire the next generation, Neil is now working alongside head coach David to build the Stingray reputation and deliver a pioneering programme.

Board of Directors

Joanna Sinclair

Vice President

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Kathy Jackson

President

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Marlene West

Secretary

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Lucy MUYANGA

Director

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Victoria Hollingworth-Havlin

Treasurer

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William Balderamos

Director

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Lucy MUYANGA

Director

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