Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Micheal Brandt Head Coach

Hello. My name is Micheal Brandt. I am entering my 10th season of coaching that started at my local summer swim team in Wilmington, Delaware. From there I have become both an assistance coach and lesson instructor for the Delaware Westminster swim team, North Star Swim Club, and Westminster Stingrays. In addition, I spent one year as an age group coach for the Green Terror Aquatic Club in 2019 before COVID-19. I am both honored and thrilled to be returning to the Stingrays for my second year making the leap to head coach. 

I have loved the sport of swimming ever since I began summer swimming at age 4. Even while swimming for club teams, my high school, and eventually for the McDaniel collegiate swim team, summer swimming has always been my favorite season. Like many swimmers currently on our team, I love the mixture of skills levels, community building, friendships, and passion that comes with the summer season. 

Off the pool deck, I am finishing my second year as an elementary physical education teacher in Howard County. When I am not lesson planning I am usually watching swimming videos on YouTube or reading up on any new swimming news from Swim Swam.

Alex Hanson Assistant Coach

Alex Hanson has participated in swimming as a swimmer or coach every year since age 6. After he finished 8 years swimming with the Stingrays, he was the assistant and head coach for the team each for 2 years, taught group and private swim lessons during that time, moved to the Y where was an assistant coach for the CCY Piranhas for 12 years, and is finishing his first year as a coach at the Green Terror Aquatic Club, so he has 17 total years of coaching experience. This summer is Alex's 5th summer coaching the Stingrays during this second stint with the team, and both of his daughters now swim for the team. With a day job being a software engineer for a technology consulting firm, Alex is looking forward to being outside again this summer and continuing the fun that is summer swim team.

 

Laura Midkiff Assistant coach

Laura has been a member of the Stingrays since she was 8 years old. During the winter swim season, she would swim for the CCY Piranhas, and in high school, she taught swim lessons at the Hill Family YMCA as well. She continued her swim career in college on the McDaniel Swim Team and served as the women's team captain during the 2021-2022 swim season. Laura is also an assistant coach on the Green Terror Acquatic Club team. At McDaniel College, she will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of the Arts in Graphic Design. This summer will be her second season as an Assistant Coach with the Stingrays, and she is very excited to be back with everyone again!

Conor Moran Assistant Coach

Conor has been a part of the Stingrays since he was nine years old. He studies History and Political Science at Mount Saint Mary’s University and is a member of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. Conor cannot wait to continue being a part of the Stingrays family as an assistant coach. He is looking forward to a very FAST and amazing season. Go Stingrays!

Board of Directors
Morgan Muse Outgoing Team Rep
Amy Bankard Incoming Team Rep
Megan Magers Treasurer
Kim Hawkins Computer Operator/Statistics/awards