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 -  (14th 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)

Jacqueline Hayes Head Age Group Coach

Coach Jackie has coached NLU since 2021. Coach Jackie has two kids; her daughter Makaila swims in Coach Mike's group, and her son Brevan does compettitve cheer. Jackie was a competitive swimmer (and soccer goalkeeper) as a child and into college. Her favorite stroke is butterlfy. She is a certified personal trainier, certified Olympic weightlifting coach, a crossfit level 1 trainer, and a nutrition enthusiast. Coach Jackie is an energetic, tough love, work hard/play hard, technique focused coach. She loves everything swimming and these athletes are a joy to coach!

Board of Directors
Leann McHugh President
Jennifer Walters Treasurer
Brandy Stewart Secretary
Jennifer Snider Officials Chair