Hiestand enters his third season as head coach of the Green Terror swim teams after nine years as an assistant on the staff. A native of Reading, Pa., he attended the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), where he was a four-year letterwinner and earned a degree in English.
In his first season as head coach, the two squads combined to take down nine program records.
His second season would see even more improvement. Five more program records fell and his women’s team posted its highest point total ever at the Centennial Conference championship meet.
Hiestand brings over a decade’s worth of coaching experience to McDaniel. He has seen success at every level he has coached, from age-group National Champions to high school All-Americans to collegiate national qualifiers.
In his previous nine years with the McDaniel teams, Hiestand has coached five individual conference champions in eight events, and pushed swimmers to no fewer than 30 program records. In 2002, he guided Melanie Pulley to the NCAA Championships.
In addition to his duties with the McDaniel swim teams, Hiestand also serves as the head coach of the Green Terror Aquatic Club, a USA Swimming program. Under his direction, the club has produced three Olympic Trials qualifiers (2004, 2008), six national age-group records and numerous USA Senior and Junior National qualifiers. The club has recently been named a Silver Medal club in USA Swimming's prestigious Club Excellence Program for the eighth consecutive year.
This past summer, he added Olympic coach to his resume when he travelled to London with Suzanne Stettinius ’11 to coach the McDaniel alum in the swimming portion of the modern pentathlon.