Coaching Staff
Josh Gregory Head Coach, CEO

Coach Josh is in his seventh year with the Stingrays. He and his wife, Laura, 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 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 a member of the Alaska Swimming Board of Directors (General Chair (current), Legislative Chair (current), Diversity & Inclusion Chair (2017-2018), Nominating Committee Chair (2016-2018), Senior Coach's Rep (2014-2016)). He is committed to building the Stingrays, and Alaska Swimming, into the strongest organizations possible. Josh promotes technique, teamwork, dedication, and goal setting.  

Josh is thrilled to be a part of the Stingray Swim Team and he enjoys the family first atmosphere. "Each swimmer is a pleasure to work with, and the parents/volunteers are outstanding. The board members have things moving in the right direction, and the team has huge potential."

Josh and Laura have two dogs, Elias and Nali, and a cat, Roary. They enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, and photography.

Heidi Morel Head Age Group Coach

One of Heidi’s earliest memories include splashing around in the pool with family and friends while growing up in Houston, Texas. Heidi started swimming on a summer league swim team when she was nine years old. A few years later, she took the sport more seriously and began swimming year around with various club teams while concurrently playing other competitive sports. After experiencing a serious ankle injury during her freshman year of high school, Heidi found swimming to be very therapeutic as well as a competitive outlet while her ankle healed. From 1999-2003 Heidi swam exclusively for Oak Ridge High School Swim Team where she excelled and found her specialties in freestyle and backstroke, specifically in the 100 free, 100 back, and 200 butterfly. Heidi walked onto the University of North Texas Swim Team in 2003, but in 2004 she decided to exclusively focus on her academic endeavors.

In 2002 Heidi began coaching for the Shenandoah Sharks, a large team that she grew up swimming for, eventually working into the head coach position in 2005. Coaching is exceptionally rewarding for Heidi as she watches her swimmers improve and conquer their goals both in and out of the water. Heidi’s coaching philosophy includes improving stroke technique through repetition, copious amounts of positive reinforcement and above all – teaching swimmers how to be good athletes and positive role models in their community. Heidi understands the power of breaking down mental barriers by setting small, obtainable goals for each swimmer during practice and the phrase “Hard work pays off” is something Heidi often tells her swimmers during meets.  In addition to coaching, Heidi has also taught swim lessons, lifeguarded, and instructed water aerobics classes on and off for the past fifteen years.

Heidi moved from Northeast Tennessee to Fairbanks in 2008 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After graduation in 2011, Heidi established Morel Pottery Studio in Goldstream Valley where she runs a small pottery business. Heidi joined the coaching staff for the Stingray Swim Team in 2014, and is currently the Silver and Gold Coach. When Heidi is not coaching or working in her studio, she enjoys running/skijoring with her huskies, practicing yoga, and cooking with the produce she grows in her garden. 

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. 
Kristina Miller Masters Coach

     Kristina Biceroglu, was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She graduated from Lathrop High School in 2008 and the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fisheries with a Minor in Communication. Kristina has been a lifeguard in Fairbanks for 10 years and has taught child and adult lessons for 9 years.
     Kristina swam competitively as a child and also as a young adult. She swam for Lathrop High School, now swims for Stingray Swim Team, and has also competed in triathlons, International Open Water Swimming Races in Turkey and in 2014 placed 9th overall and 1st in her age division for the 2014 Turkey Race in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2017, she placed 3rd in age division at the Alaska Masters State Championship Swim Meet in Anchorage, Alaska and received a bronze medal in her age group for the 2017 United States Masters 3000/6000 long distance swim. In 2018, she placed 8th at United States Masters Swimming Nationals Swim meet for the 1650 yard freestyle. Kristina will be competing in the 2018 Pan America Masters Swimming Championships in Orlando, Florida in the 1.5k Open water division. Kristina has had articles published in Age Group Triathlon and Masters Swimming Magazine.
     She is the current Head Coach for Fairbanks Masters Swim Team and has lead her team to a Masters Swimming State Championship win in 2018. She is a Assistant Professor of Swimming for University of Alaska Fairbanks OLLI Programs, 2018-2019 UAF Volunteer Assistant Swimming Coach, and is the 2017-2018 lead swim coach for both the Navy Swim Camp in Annapolis, MD and Texas University Swim Camp in Austin, Texas.
     Kristina has worked and coached with Olympic athletes: Ian Crocker, Josh Davis, Garrett Gale-Weber, Colleen Lane- Cox, Whitney Hedgepeth, and  Ricky Berens. 
In her spare time, Kristina likes riding horses and traveling. 
     Kristina is a current- USA Swimming Member and Coach, Certified United States Masters Swimming Coach Level 3 , United States Masters Swimming Adult Learn to Swim Instructor,  World Open Water Swimming Association Swim Coach Level 2, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, Certified Pool Operator, and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer Licensed. 

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. 

Courtney Miller Assistant Coach
Courtney fell in love with swimming at a young age while growing up in Washington state.  After swimming in middle school, high school, and many years for the Vancouver Swim Club, she was recruited to swim for the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2007.  Courtney specialized in breaststroke and served as a co-captain for the team three of her four years.  She studied psychology and went on to receive a Master of Science in Sport Psychology from the University of North Texas.
 
While in Texas, Courtney began coaching as an assistant for the Denton Dolphins Swim Team.  After a year she became Head Coach for the following two years, helping to grow the team from thirty to ninety swimmers.  Courtney moved back to Alaska in 2014 where she was the Dive Coach for East High School and an Assistant Coach for Swimming with Alaska Masters (SWAM).  In 2016, Courtney returned to Fairbanks.  She currently works full-time as a contractor on Fort Wainwright doing sport psychology and mental resilience training with soliders, teaches the Sport Psychology class at UAF, and coaches with SST. 
 
Courtney has enjoys hiking, cross country and downhill skiing, kayaking, and spending time with her dog, Hatcher, and her significant other, Brian.
Amanda Strong Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Carl Benson President
Ehren Schachle Vice President
Ann Marie White Treasurer
Sasha Dixon Secretary
Crieghton Beshears Senior Athlete Rep
Cheryl Schachle Accountant
Diane Beshears Member at Large
Joanna Fox Member at Large
Ann Johnson Member at Large
Jarrod Welsh Committee Chair
Natalie Wentz Committee Chair