2017 Swim Team Information
Graylyn Crest is a member of the North Brandywine Swim League
HEAD COACH: George Hooper
2017 will be George's eighth season coaching for the Graylyn Gators and his second season serving as Head Coach. The Gators compete in the Red (highest) Division for the North Brandywine Swim League. Additionally, George has been a coach for four consecutive years for the “Kick and Sprint Swimming” program.
From the time he was three years old, until graduating at 18, George was a Graylyn Gator. During that time, he also swam year-round for the Brandywine YMCA Barracudas Swim Team and was a swim team member at Salesianum School during his high school years, where he was a member of each of the four State Championship swim teams from 2009 to 2012. His senior year he was named an Academic All-American by the National Interscholastic Coaches Association of America.
With George’s strong coaching techniques and ability to focus on mechanics, we are thrilled to have him serve as the Head Coach for the 2017 swim season!
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH: Shirley Lawrenson
2017 will be Shirley’s fourth season coaching for the Graylyn Gators and her first season serving as Assistant Head Coach. She is looking forward to the team being successful again!
Shirley is from England and trained and worked at the Carn Brea swimming club in her home county of Cornwall. She moved to the United States in 2009 and lived in Texas and Hawai’i before coming to Delaware.
Shirley is a USA Swimming certified coach and currently works at the Brandywine YMCA as a swim teacher and coaches with the Cyclones Swim Team and at the Kick and Sprint swim clinic.
SWIM INSTRUCTOR: Mike McConnell
2017 will be Mike's first year assisting with the Graylyn Gators Swim Team. Mike grew up swimming for the Windybush Swim Club and year round for Team Delaware throughout high school (Mt. Pleasant). In high school he was First Team All-State (undefeated in 200 IM junior year) and First Team All-Conference. During college Mike swam for Clarion University of Pennsylvania on scholarship and was NCAA All-American and First-Team All Conference.
Mike is an ordained pastor at Rivercross Fellowship Church in New Castle. He lives in North Wilmington with this wife, 1 year-old son and the family will add a baby girl in the coming months.