Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Brandon Hendrickson Head Coach

Brandon started his coaching career in 2007 when he started working with the Developmental Group of the Quantico Sharks. “In my first two months, I knew that this could be something that I could do for the rest of my life.” In the four years with the Sharks, Brandon also took over as Head Coach of the Hampton Oaks Hurricanes and accumulated a summer league record of 21-3 in four seasons. His high premium on fun while learning to swim allowed him to attract several swimmers onto the Sharks Swim team. 

In 2011, Brandon was named the Head Coach of the Rappahannock Raiders. His high emphasis on having fun and building high character values would allow him to double the team size of the program in his first two years. His ability to lead young athletes has allowed his athletes to achieve Age Group and Senior Championship levels as well as Zone Qualifiers.

Brandon came to Hanover Aquatics in 2016. His enthusiasm and experience have led swimmers to several Zone and NASA qualifiers, state records, and numerous Hanover team records. Brandon places a high premium on building character through sports. “The most rewarding part of my job is watching a group of kids come together and function as a team. I find teaching core character values promote better people and better people creates better performance and experiences.” Brandon became the Associate Head Coach of Hanover Aquatics in 2018 and moved into the Head Coach position in August of 2020.

 

Kelly Hargreaves Head Developmental Coach

Coach Kelly began coaching with Hanover Aquatics (then BAC) in 2010. She majored in Early Childhood Education at VCU and has taught  children in many different capacities for 28 years. In the summer of 2019, she also led a program at the Atlee Recreation pool, teaching the "Bitty Gators" swimming skills. Coach Kelly works with our Cat 1 and Cat 2 swimmers and also assists with the other groups. Her philosophy helps create well-rounded athletes. She teaches the four pillars of fast swimming: grit, creating coachable swimmers, long term thinking and team spirit. Kelly talks about each of these things as swimmers' successes and challenges are tracked, and makes connections to how these same concepts help us succeed in other areas of our lives.

Max Currens Assistant Coach

We would like to introduce Max Currens! Max comes to us after 3 summers at the helm of Honey Meadows summer swim team and 2 as a mites coach at Southampton. Adding to his experience, Max swam competitively for 16 years which included Southampton Summer Team, NOVA, and Benedictine College Preparatory. His favorite stroke and distance is the 1650 Freestyle. Max currently works on his family farm by day and will be coaching with us in the evening during the later practice groups starting with Category 1&2. His dream is to one day take over his family farm. Outside of swimming and work, Max enjoys spending time with his family, watching NASCAR, and hanging out with his friends.

Garrett Gauntt Assistant Coach

Garret comes to us as a Hanover alumni, graduating in 2016. He got his start in  coaching  as a 14 year old assisting at Battlefield Green and would eventually become their head  coach . He spent 3 years at the helm of the program. Garret also assistant our program with our swim clinics before graduating high school. After heading to James Madison University, he joined the aquatics department and became a staff manager planning swim lessons. Garret swam in GRAL since he was 5 and joined Hanover during the 8th  grade and would swim through highschool. At JMU, he played water polo. His favorite stroke is butterfly and his favorite event is the 200 IM. Graduating in 2020, Garrett got his degree in Intelligence Analysis with a concentration in Competitive Intelligence. His dream job would consist of assisting a company’s decision making processes by creating data visualizations and managing their important data. Outside of swimming, Garret enjoys playing with his Cat, Mo and loves exploring Richmond with his friends, family, and girlfriend. Garret will be assisting us temporarily as he continues his efforts in finding a full-time job. He will be assisting  Coach  Kelly most days during the 3:30 Cat 1-2 practices and everyday during the 6:30 Cat 1-3 practices.

Joseph Stephens Assistant Coach

Joe comes to us after nearly 14 years of swimming competitively at the summer, year round, and collegiate swimming level. He swam for Tsunami and Rays before competing for Randolph Macon for a couple of years.  He started coaching  at the age of 14 when he became a volunteer assistant for the Massad Marlins in the Fredericksburg area and has been  coaching  each summer since. Joe graduated from Stafford High School in 2018 and is now finishing his degree in Communication Studies at Randolph Macon. His favorite stroke and event is the 200 Backstroke and during his freshman year at Macon he became conference champ in that event! His dream job is to be a head  coach  of a D1 collegiate team and to be on the Olympic  coaching  staff. Outside of swimming, you can find Joe watching whatever sports are in season or fishing. Cooking and grilling has also become a recent hobby. Currently, Joe will be assisting Coach Kelly during  our 3:30 Cat 1-2 practices and Coach Brandon during the 4:30 Cat 4-5 practices.

Miles Williams Assistant Coach

Miles swam competitively for 13 years starting at the age of 4 and would go on to compete for Tide by the time he was 7. He has been a  coach  for his hometown summer league team Pembroke Meadows Marlins for the last 5 years. He loves freestyle and backstroke and his favorite events are the 50 Free and 100 Back. Miles is a junior at Randolph Macon and is pursuing a degree in Biology with a focus in pre-physical therapy. He would one day like to work as a physical therapist for Howard Head Sports Medicine. Outside of swimming, his passions include paddleboarding, surfing, and cooking. Miles will be assisting Coach Brandon during our 4:30 Cat 4-5 practices and  Coach  Kelly during our 6:30 Cat 1-3 practices.

Alli Pryor Assistant Coach

Alli primarily assists Coach Kelly with our Cat 1-2 groups. Alli is a Hanover Aquatics Alumni (then Burkwood Aquatics Club, BAC) and a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology while minoring in Museum Studies. Her dream job is to work behind the scenes in a museum, working with the collections for various tasks like updating databases, condition reports, or helping set up exhibits. Alli’s passions and interests are reading, painting, and playing the violin. She also enjoys cooking and baking. She comes to Hanover Aquatics with 15 years of competitive club and collegiate swimming experience and has over 6 years of coaching between Lakeside Swim and Racquet Club and Milestone. Her favorite competitive stroke is distance freestyle, but if she could, she would swim doggy paddles while barking like a dog! 

Board of Directors
Ann Marie Blakeney President
Greg Dillard Vice President
Matt Rose Treasurer
Andy Willard Secretary
Christina Robertson General Member
Jackie Magill General Member
Roy Sabo General Member
Chris Minton General Member
Nikki Deal Past President
Brandon Hendrickson Head Coach