Coaches & Directors
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Coaching Staff

Mike Uchrin

Head Coach @ Lawrenceville Silver/Gold


Mike Uchrin is a Rider University graduate with a degree in secondary education and history. He began his career in aquatics at the Hamilton YMCA and has since moved>New Jersey Stingrays family in 2009 and has been coaching with our team every season since then. Since this time the team has improved and grown substantially in the New Jersey Swimming community. In addition to Stingrays, Mike also is the head coach of the Community Park Bluefish PASDA swim team and director at the Community Park Pool in Princeton.

Deb Cherry

Silver & Bronze @ Lawrenceville


I started my swimming career at the age of 7 and quickly gained the title of State Champion in the 50 free and 50 backstroke. I spent my age group swimming career on a USS swim team in Rhode Island swimming all strokes and distances. I was a  Nationally ranked top ten swimmer in the 100, 200 free, and 1500 meter Freestyle, the100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 Fly and the 400 IM. In High School I was New England Prep School champion in the 100 Fly and 200 IM.I was a Division 1 swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania earning a Varsity Letter all four years. After graduating with a degree in International Relations I coached a USS age group team to State Championsfive years in a row. I simultaneously coached a high school team with 2 swimmers earning National High School rankings in the 500 Free and 100 fly 2 years in a row. After going back to graduate school and earning an M.Ed in special education, I began my career as a special education teacher, specializing in working with children with autism. During that time, I coached privately focusing on stroke technique with various age group teams. I brought the two disciplines together by teaching many of my students with autism to swim.Most recently, I coached at the Ben Franklin Swim Club helping to bring them to an undefeated season in their division. I also coached privately and continue to do so. I am very happy to be coaching withthe Stingrays and look forward to many fun and successful years coaching with this team.

Brandon Hullings

Head Coach @ Penn; Silver/Gold & Seniors


Brandon Hullings has been involved in competitive swimming for over half of his life. Swimming for almost 12 years at several local swim clubs before high school, he then enrolled at The Pennington School where he had the privilege of swimming for Coach George Ward.  Brandon was able to continue his swimming success  and was an ALL PREP, ALL AREA, ALL STATE and Academic All American, as well as the Mercer County Tournament and Prep State MVP.   He set numerous high school records while at The Pennington Schoo land helped  the boys Varsity team  to four Patriot Conference Championships. He then continued swimming career at Denison University where he was part of two NCAA National Championship teams.  Prior to Stingrays, Brandon coached the Lawrenceville Ben Franklin summer swim club for seven years while coaching them to multiple PASDA Championships.  Brandon is a big addition to the Stingrays coaching staff and has much to offer in coaching all age groups.

Laura Eckel

Bronze group @ Pennington


I was raised in this area and have swam and coached with a few different clubs. I learned to swim at Penn Brook in Pennington, and then started swimming year-round with the Hamilton Aquatics Club. I was a member of the Hopewell Varsity Swim Team all four years of High School, and I had the honor of being captain my Senior Year. For five summers, I was a swim coach at Penn Brook, with 2 of the seasons being the Assistant Head Coach. Outside of Penn Brook I taught swim lessons with the YMCA, and I helped coach Pennington Aquatics in 2010. I swam in college for two years at UNC Greensboro, and now that I have moved back to the area I am very excited to be back in the swimming world and to be coaching the Pennington Stingrays!

George Ward

Volunteer Coach Silv/Bronze @ Pennington


Coach Ward has been with Stingrays since 2012 and has helped to coach numerous Stingray swimmers to bronze and silver cut times.  He is also the varsity high school swimming team at  The Pennington School  for over 20 years and has won 18 NJISAA State Championships for Pennington swimming including the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Boys state championship.  He has sent numerous swimmers from Pennington to some of the top Div. I and Div. III college swimming programs. He helped lead Pennington swimmers to higher levels including coaching every swimmer>The Pennington School, re-entered Pennington in 1994 and helped coach them to their first State Championship in 1996 for the boys. His girls’ varsity team at Pennington at>

Abby Wilson

Level 1 and 2 Coach


Coach Abby was a competitive swimmer for about 7 years, since then she has stayed involved with swimming in many ways. She has been teaching swim lessons for 2 years, is a lifeguard, and has helped to coach a summer PASDA team for the past 3 years. Abby is very excited to be coaching the Level 1 and 2 swimmers! 

Kaitlyn Barlett

Level 3


Coach Kait started swimming at the Hunderdon YMCA and swam with them for  6 years. In 2015 she started teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding at Goldfish Swim School in Wyckoff, NJ then worked her way up to Deck Supervisor. Kait is quite excited to get back into the swimming community to coach the Level 3 Swimmers."