Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Mike Ballard Head Coach

Head Coach - (6th Year)


Mike has been coaching swimming since 2005.  He has been a full-time coach for Northland United since 2013.  In his younger days, he swam fast on the KC Blazers swim team.  He has a lifelong commitment to youth sports – developing well rounded swimmers both on and off the pool deck. 

  • 2016 USA Olympic Trials – Coach of NLU Swimmer Marcin Glebocki
  • 2017 Missouri Valley All-Star Team – Age Group Coach (Indianapolis, IN)
Danielle Stoermann Assistant Head Coach
 - Performance Group -  (11th year)

Danielle began teaching swim lessons in 2004 with the YMCA, working her way to the Park Hill Aquatic Center where she revised and expanded the swim lesson program to promote swimming as a lifelong skill. Danielle is also a certified Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, and trained hundreds of lifeguards in the northland over the past seven years. She earned her BA in English from UMKC in 2013. She is looking forward to another great season  with the Hammerheads!

  • 2013 Missouri Valley Age Group Zones Coach (Topeka, KS)

  • 2012 Missouri Valley Age Group Zones Coach (Columbus, IN)

Robin Krug Head Age Group Coach

Head Age Group Coach - Discovery/Challenge Groups 

Coach Robin has been involved with swimming for over 40 years, as an age group swimmer with Wichita Swim Club, a collegiate athlete at the University of Kansas, a private swim lesson instructor and most recently a developmental swim coach for AAAA in Lawrence, Kansas. Coach Robin’s passion for the sport of swimming is evident in his coaching style. The energy he displays toward developing happy, healthy and productive swimmers cannot go unnoticed.

Dan Jones Age Group Coach - Challenge Group

- Challenge Group (3rd Year)

Dan has been coaching swimmers in the Northland since 2002.   In his 4th year with  NLU, he leads our Challenge group teaching the fundamentals of the sport to our 12 & Under competitive swimmers.    Focusing on the basics and building a solid base of skills that enables a child’s growth in the sport is his primary goal.    Swimming provides much more than just learning how to swim.    Teaching lessons of cooperation, commitment, setting goals, patience, discipline, and a multitude of other traits that develop young swimmers into outstanding citizens is an important part of his coaching philosophy.   Dan is looking forward to the upcoming season and as always will provide a safe and FUN environment for all the kids.

Melissa Hagan Deck Coach
Patrick Lee Deck Coach
Paige Feeley Deck Coach

Discovery Group - 2nd Year

Coach Paige has been a competitive swimmer since the age of five. She started off swimming for COOL (Community of Olathe Swim Club) then moved north of the river in second grade and started swimming for NLU. She was also a high school swimmer. Later, Coach Paige moved to Blue Wave and then back to NLU where she finished her USA swimming career. Coach Paige is also a full time student studying for her nursing degree. 

Board of Directors
Jennifer Johnson President
Kate Conrad Treasurer
Brandy Stewart Secretary
Jennifer Snider Officials Chair