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.

 

Kelley Hilliker Head Age Group Coach

Kelley comes to us with 15 years of competitive swimming experience in which she swam for Winchester Swim Team and Bridgewater College. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Psychology and has recently earned her Master of Arts in Digital Media Strategy from Bridgewater College.  Kelley has spent time working with three Virginia Swimming Teams: Winchester Swim Team, Valley Swim Team Phoenix, and Virginia Gators. She also served as Head Coach with the Ashby Anacondas summer team in Bridgewater. Her favorite events are the 100 Backstroke and the 400 IM. In her spare time Kelley loves to read a good book and play with her dog. Kelley will be our lead coach for Category 3 and 4 groups!

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.

Alli Pryor Assistant Coach

Alli will be our new Assistant Coach and will be primarily assisting 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
Nikki Deal Past President
Brandon Hendrickson Head Coach