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COACHES

We are pleased to introduce our head coaching staff.  All of these amazing coaches have been coaching for the Stingrays for at least four years, are USA certified, and coach at ABSC and a couple of other teams in the Athens area year round. 

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KATE CABANISS

HEAD COACH

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ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

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PUPS HEAD COACH

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ASSISTANT, JUNIOR ASSISTANT, AND PUPS COACHES

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JANA LAWSON

Co-Lead 6&Unders and Pups Coach
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GAVIN JONES

13&Over Assistant Coach
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ABIGAIL CABANISS

9-10s Assistant Coach and Pups Coach
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EMMALEIGH HEMINGWAY

7-8 girls Assistant Coach and Pups Coach
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MICHAEL HALL

7-8 boys Assistant Coach and Pups Coach
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WILLIAM JOHNSON

11-12s Assistant Coach
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MARGO LAWSON

9-10s Assistant Coach and Pups Coach
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ETHAN POOLE

Pups Coach
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OLIVIA SMITH

Pups Coach
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HANNAH HEMINGWAY

Junior Assistant Coach
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CARL LAWSON

Junior Assistant Coach
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CAROLINE PRINCE

Junior Assistant Coach
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WILLIAM HALL

Junior Assistant Coach

EVERYONE WAS ONCE A BEGINNER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are pleased to introduce our Board of Directors.  These are swim parents and volunteers who work dozens and dozens of hours to get our team up and running and make sure the season runs smoothly.  

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JENNIFER CABANISS

PRESIDENT

Jennifer Cabaniss has been a part of The Stingray Family for 17 years!  She loves being part of such an incredible team with the best coaches and leadership team in the league.  She and her husband, Jon, are the proud parents of five beautiful girls:  Kate (24), Anna (24), Ellie (20), Abigail (18), and Sarah (15).  When Jennifer is not cheering her girls on the pool deck, soccer field, basketball court, or track, she loves curling up with a book, creating digital scrapbooks, or just playing games with her highly competitive family—haha! She is looking forward to another season of swim and cheering on The Stingrays!!

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DANIELLE WEST

VICE PRESIDENT

Danielle is the Vice President for the team’s board.  She has two sweet girls, Makayla, (13) and Darcy, (10), that swim on the team.  Her wonderful husband, Chase, is often seen running Hy-tek or helping around the pool. They have been part of the Stingrays for 8 years. When not at the pool you can find her playing in a kitchen or on an adventure with her family. They love being part of such an amazing team. 

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MIKE RADFORD

COACHING STAFF ADMINISTRATOR

Coach Mike served as the Head Coach of the Stingrays from 2016-2023. With help from a dedicated parent board and long-term assistant coaching staff, the Stingrays grew into an Oconee County powerhouse. In 2016 the Stingrays had around 70 swimmers. By 2022 the Stingrays had more than doubled in size, and won their first Oconee Swim League championship in 20 years! In 2023, the Stingrays repeated as league champions. Before coaching with Stingrays, Coach Mike began coaching with his summer league team in Marietta, where he worked as Head Coach for five years. After permanently relocating to Athens post-UGA graduation, Mike was the Associate Head Coach of the Bishop Park Dolphins for two summers in 2014 and 2015. Mike has been coaching with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club for twelve years where he is the Head Age Group Coach, and has been full time at ABSC since the fall of 2017. He also is the Head Coach of Westminster Christian Academy's swim team, where he has served for 3 years. Mike is a graduate of the University of Georgia, with a BSEd in Social Studies Education. He lives in Athens with his wife, Devon, and his two kids, Wells and Mason. 

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JULIE LAWSON

SECRETARY

This will be the Lawson's 10th year as Stingrays, and they love being a part of this team! As the team treasurer, Julie takes care of the financial side of things. She and her husband, Neal, are the proud parents of Sinclair (23), Jana (22), Margo (18), and Carl (16).

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JANNA NIMMO

TREASURER

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TODD MUELER

POOL LIAISON

Todd and his wife, Alison, have three children on the team, Gracelyn, Elton, and Jane. Todd serves as a liaison between the Stingrays and pool ownership.  He also works to ensure that sound and parking go smoothly at home meets. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Georgia Gwinnett College and a professional musician (percussion) playing with the Asheville Symphony and in Athens with Bichos Vivos.  

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ALISON HALL

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Alison Hall has three Stingray swimmers, Michael III, William, and Kate and is happily married to her husband, Michael II. They are entering their 9th Summer as Stingrays. She will be assisting Danielle with volunteer organization this year.

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DAYNA FAIRMAN

CONCESSIONS COORDINATOR

Dayna Fairman is happily married to her husband, Ryan, and is the mother of Rowen (15) and Jane (12). This is their third year with the Stingrays. Her main responsibility on the board is handling concessions.  She can't wait for another great season with the Stingrays.

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