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Meet our Coaches!

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 swam U.S. Masters. His accomplishments in the sport are now so old they have been forgotten. 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, 1 remaining child, the other joined the Marines, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and zero chickens. 

Sara Rushton (Assistant Coach):

Coach Sara joined the KVY Stingrays in 2021. She is a graduate of Springfield College with a degree in Sports Biology. She is currently a teacher at Messalonskee High School where she teaches math and Science.

For the past 20 years, Sara has officiated at the junior high, high school, and college levels and coached high school and YMCA swim teams in Massachusetts as well as at Messalonskee High School and Mid-Maine Dolphins. She has worked with all levels of swimmers from those just starting on the swim team to YMCA National qualifiers. Sara shared, "I am excited to continue my coaching career with the Stingrays while sharing my passion for swimming while working with kids to focus on technique and having fun." 

Megan Gagne (Assistant Coach):

Coach Megan is also a Michigan native who moved to Maine in 2015. Megan works in marketing and communications at Good Shepard Food Bank in Auburn and volunteers at the Augusta Food Bank. 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 her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, and spending time with her husband, dog, and cat.

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