Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Dave Kienlen Head Coach

 

Dave began his coaching career in the 1970's as Head Coach with the Joliet Swim Club in Illinois where he developed dozens of state and regional champions along with multiple national finalists in both US Swimming and YMCA competition. Dave and his family relocated to Virginia where he continued coaching with the Starlit Swim Team just outside of Fairfax, VA while he worked for the Research Institute of America. 


His career continued to Oregon during the 80's as the Head Age Group Coach with the Wilamalane Swim Club in Springfield, OR. Dave continued to produce state and regional champions. In 1990 he left for North Carolina to become the Head Coach for the Sharks Aquatic Club and developed the team from a small group of 40 swimmers to over 160 within 3 years. While in North Carolina, he not only produced state and regional champions, but several junior national swimmers along with the first ever State High School Championship for Kings Mountain High School. 


In 1993, Dave moved to Washington where he took over a struggling Issaquah Swim Team. During his seven years with IST he developed the team from 60 swimmers to over 220 swimmers, six junior national swimmers and several state high school champions. 

 

In 2001, Dave was selected to become the first Head Coach for the South Sound Titans. There he developed the team from about 70 swimmers to over 140, produced several junior national swimmers, over a dozen US Open Swimmers and led the team to a 7th place finish in the US Swimming Women's Senior National Championships. He also coached Olympian, Megan Quann, to over 9 additional National titles during her career with the Titans. 

 

In 2006, Dave became the Aquatics Supervisor for Fife, WA and became the lead coach at that facility for King Aquatic Club, Washington State's largest and most successful US Club. Dave produced a number of King's most outstanding age-group swimmers, several of which became regional champions. 

 

In 2014, Dave developed the Fife Area Swim Team (the Seahawks) and within 6 months developed a team from 0 swimmers to over 80 successful young athletes. Dave recently retired from managing the Fife Swim Center to focus fully on his major passion of coaching young swimmers into great athletes and great young people. 

 

Dave accepted the Head Coaching position for Poseidon-Hanover Aquatics in August 2016 to continue his love for the sport, live closely to his daughter and grandchildren in Richmond, and return to one of his favorite places in the country, historical and beautiful, Virginia. 


While in Washington State, Dave held several significant positions with Pacific Northwest Swimming: 
PNS Senior Chair, PNS Board of Review, PNS Senior Coach of the Year-2002 and 2003, President-Greater Seattle Swim Association (GSSA)

Brandon Hendrickson Associate 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 started his tenure at Poseidon in the spring of 2014 as the Lead Bronze coach. His enthusiasm and experience have led swimmers to several Zone and NASA qualifiers, state records, and numerous Poseidon 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. 

 

Kelly Hargreaves Lead 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.

Caitlin Sargeant Assistant Developmental Coach

Coach Caitlin has been coaching since 2013, and has been with the Hanover Hurricanes since December of 2017. Caitlin coached for the Mechanicsville Marlins (MRA) for three years and taught swim lessons as well. When it wasn't summer, Caitlin was helping at BAC with clinics and lessons. A graduate of James Madison University, Caitlin swam on the JMU club team and held an executive board role for three of her four years on the team. In this role, she got to write practices, plan meets, host meets and travel to Georgia Tech for Nationals. 

Caitlin works primarily with the 10 & under swimmers, who continue to show her how much of life there is to love. She is also humbled by the older swimmers and their commitment, grace, and passion for what the sport of swimming means to them. What Caitlin loves most about coaching is seeing the joy on the faces of the little ones who realize all they can accomplish in the water. She also enjoys seeing the grit from the older swimmers, who may not always get a best time, but sure know how to train hard in the water, even when it's been a tough day. 

Elizabeth Ryan Assistant Coach

 

Coach Beth began coaching in 1992. She was the Head Age Group Coach at the Arizona Sports Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona. She coached under the late Coach Bob Gillett, who is a member of both the American Swimming Coaches” Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Coaches’ Hall of Fame. In addition, she started an ASCA learn-to-swim program, as well as a Masters’ Swim program while at the Sports Ranch. Currently, she manages the Masters’ Swim Summer Program in the King’s Charter neighborhood.

Beth grew up swimming year-round in Illinois, right by Coach Dave! She went on to swim Division I at Northern Arizona University, where they won the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference each year. She was All Conference in each of her events every year, as well as Captain her Senior year.

Beth is a nurse and has worked as a Certified Diabetic Educator. She lives in Hanover County with her husband, Bill and two children, Kaily and Connor. She enjoys all sports and playing games with her family. She especially likes helping others reach their goals while improving their swimming!

 

Regina Davis Team Administrator
Board of Directors
Nikki Deal President
Frank Gilhooly Vice President
Ann Marie Blakeney Treasurer
Andy Willard Secretary
Juanita Wilson Past President
Dave Kienlen Head Coach
Daniel Harvey Facilities
Greg Dillard Parent Rep
Chris Mayton Facilities in Training
Christina Robertson General Member