About our Coachs
Mike Schmidt (Head Coach):
Coach Mike is a Michigan native who has lived in Maine for several decades now. He is a lifelong swimmer who started swimming competitively as a youth at a local YMCA, swam through high school, swam through college and now swims U.S. Masters. His accomplishments in the sport are many, just a few of which are as follows. He was an 11-time All-American, he won the NCAA National Championship in the 1,650 freestyle and he won a pair of National Championships in the 800 free relay with his top-three D-II college relay team. He is a distinguished U.S. Master’s swimmer with too many accomplishments to list; two highlights would be breaking the FINA world record in the 400 IM and breaking the U.S. Masters record in the 800 freestyle. Mike has coached competitive swimmers (intermittently) for over 30 years. He has enjoyed coaching swimmers from kindergarten to college at YMCAs, clubs, high schools, and colleges. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in American History and a J.D. from Indiana School of Law, which he employed practicing law for nearly 20 years. He resides in Vassalboro with his wife, 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a declining number of chickens (the fox is happy). He swims competitively and enjoys working hard in the woods “upta camp.”
Megan Crowder (Assistant Coach):
Megan Crowder is also a Michigan native who moved to Maine a year ago to accept a position at Nancy Marshall Communications in Augusta. She has been swimming since the age of 10 and swam for club, high school and college. At the high school level, she qualified for state and was the butterfly leg of the medley relay team that broke the school record. In college, Megan swam for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats, lettered all four years and led the team as Captain during her junior and senior years. In Maine, Megan swims every morning and participates in Maine Masters meets. She is also a Senior Guard and Swim Instructor at the KVYMCA. In her free time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her Maine Coon cat Oberon.
Sara Knight (Assistant Coach):
Sara swam for the KVY Stingrays from age 8 to 11, and then went on to swim for the Westbrook Seals USA Team from age 11 to 18. She also swam for Gardiner Area High School all four years, earned a State Champion title in the 50-Free as a freshman, and led the team as Captain her junior and senior years. After high school, she went on to swim for the University of Maine (Orono) Black Bears Swim Team. Once again, she was named Captain, and she feels very fortunate to have led the Women's Swim Team during her senior year. Sara now works for Knights Farm Supply during the day and shares her passion for and knowledge of swim with Stingrays in the evenings. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors or spending time with her four cats.
Victoria Weber (Assistant Coach):
Victoria is an Augusta, Maine native who started swimming at the KVYMCA when she was one year old! At the age of 8, she joined the KVY Stingrays and has loved the sport of swimming ever since. She swam for the Stingrays from age 8-18, and swam for Cony High School during her high school years. At Cony High School, she led the swim team as Captain her junior and senior years, and, at one point, she held all of the Cony women’s swimming records. Victoria continued to compete at Assumption College, where she was proud to be a part of the D-II NE-10 Conference Champion Team for 3 years in a row. She also led the Assumption College Women's Swim Team as Captain during her senior year and graduated holding the most points in the Assumption College swim program's history. Victoria completed B.A.s in Elementary Education and English, and minored in Psychology and Western Civilization. Since graduating, she is thrilled to be a first-grade teacher at Farrington Elementary School, in Augusta. Over the past 8 years Victoria has taught many KVY swim lessons, that included some current Stingrays. Victoria truly enjoys working with children and swimming, and is happy to combine her two loves in coaching the KVY Stingrays.