Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Josh Gregory Head Coach, CEO

Coach Josh is in his 12th season with the Stingrays. He moved from Macomb, Illinois in August, 2012. Josh began swimming at age 5 and continued through college. He was a member of Loveland Swim Club in Loveland, Colorado during his 13-year swimming career before graduating from Thompson Valley High School. Club swimming allowed him to travel around the country (Arizona, California, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, Florida, Wyoming, Nebraska) and compete against the top swimmers in the nation. While in high school, Josh was team captain his Junior and Senior year. He was a conference champion in multiple events, won four consecutive Team Conference Titles, and helped his team win two consecutive Colorado State Championships, both of which have been inducted into the Thompson Valley High School Hall of Fame. 

He then traveled to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. He was a scholarship swimmer for the NCAA Division I team while studying Athletic Training. He received multiple Academic All-Conference honors and was selected as team captain his Junior and Senior year. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training, he remained at Western Illinois University for his Master's Degree in Sport Management. 

While pursuing his Master's Degree, Josh was the Graduate Assistant Coach for the Western swim team. He assisted the head coach in workouts, meets, recruiting and administration. He helped rebuild the team in numbers and talent, and left the team ready to compete for a conference title. 

Josh is an American Swim Coach's Association Level III coach and has regularly attended the ASCA World Clinic and USA Swimming Convention. He founded the Alaska Coach Mentoring Program, the Stingray Masters Program, and is involved in Alaska Swimming governance (Governance Committee (2022-current), General Chair (2018-2022), Legislative Chair (2016-2019), Diversity & Inclusion Chair (2017-2018), Nominating Committee Chair (2016-2018), Senior Coach's Rep (2014-2016)). He was selected as the Alaska Senior Coach of the Year (2019), Head Zones Coach (2018), and Assistant Zones Coach (2017). He is committed to building the Stingrays, and Alaska Swimming, into the strongest organizations possible. Josh promotes technique, teamwork, dedication, and goal setting.  

Outside of the pool, Josh enjoys camping, hiking, fishing/hunting, and following Colorado sports teams.

Hilary Nichols Assistant Age Group Coach

Hilary spent the majority of her childhood at the community swimming pool. Being the daughter of the head coach of the club and high school swim teams in Tigard Oregon, it was only natural to begin swimming competitively at the young age of 6. She swam all through school on both the club team and the high school team, as well as playing water polo in high school. After graduating high school, Hilary moved to Fairbanks to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences. After 2 years of only lap swimming for fun, she got a call from a coach (Scott Lemley) starting a women's swim team at UAF, and he wanted Hilary to help him start up the team. Although a little rusty and out of shape, she got back in the pool and swam as co-captain for the UAF Nanook swim team for 2 years until she graduated. Hilary's best and favorite events were the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. Butterfly is by far her favorite stroke. 

Hilary also works at the University in marine fisheries research, and loves everything to do with the ocean, especially the critters that live in it.  She has 2 sons, 5 and 1.5 years old, and she loves playing with her boys in the pool, skiing, cooking and exercising. 
Felina Kelly Assistant Coach

Felina began her swimming career at the age of eight for North Pole Aquatic Club. At the age of twelve she moved to town and started swimming for Midnight Sun Swim Team and eventually in college swam as a senior member of the Stingrays.  After a long absence from swimming, Felina spent a year competing Division II at University of Alaska, Fairbanks as a scholarship athlete. 

As an age group and high school swimmer Felina specialized in distance and mid-distance freestyle. Dominating three state titles in both the 200 and 500 freestyles freshman through junior year swimming for Lathrop High School.  During her senior year in high school she took the state title in the 100 freestyle, and was runner up in the 200 free.  She graduated from Lathrop High School in 2005.

Felina swam for UAF during the 2009-10 season and decided to try her hand at sprinting. She went to Division II National Championships in the 50 and 100 freestyles where she finished her competitive swimming career. 

Felina and her husband John are both lifelong Alaskans.  They have two small boys, Braxton (2) and Brady (1) and two small dogs Kami and Dougie.  Together with their kids they enjoy cross country skiing, biking, four-wheeling, dirt-biking, camping and fishing.  Felina also enjoys photography. 

Meah McCallum Assistant Coach
Lori Houghton Assistant Coach
Crieghton Beshears Assistant Coach
Isabel Lawler Assistant Coach
Aurora Drew Junior Coach
Robert Vollmer Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Scott Rupp President
Danielle Agostine Vice President
Catharine Geraghty Treasurer
Diane Beshears Secretary
David Fant Member-at-Large
Kylie Gore-Hall Member-at-Large
Heidi Holmes Member-at-Large
Shaye Persinger Sr Athlete Rep
Josh Gregory Head Coach