Mike Edwards (on the right) works for Montgomery County Public Schools as a 6th grade history teacher and team leader at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda.
He also coaches boys’ soccer at Pyle, U-16 Boys soccer for Bethesda, and is the Whitman High School JV coach. He spent his childhood growing up on Paint Branch Swim Team in MCSL and the experience helped shape the person he is today. This resulted in his uncovering a life-long passion for bull riding, climbing roofs in order to grab the attention of the opposing team and dressing as his favourite characters, maintaining that this just occurs in the summer and will continue until he becomes a handsome billionaire & retires. Mike is rightly proud of the many pink ribbons (6th place) he received during his swimming years – this allowed him to never acquiring the habit of giving up.
Mike chose to play soccer in college over swimming, his swim career started and ended with his summer swim team family. His ambition remains to provide every swimmer the best experience possible within MCSL; it isn't just about fast times it's also about full participation, forging strong friendships and OK, yes improved times for all!
Mike is back for his 3rd season as the LM Head Coach, having previously spent time at Seven Locks. He looks forward to ensuring that everyone has a great time and is able to achieve their goals for the 2017 season.
Austyn started swimming for the lasers on pre team when she was four years old and continued to spend her summers with the lasers for the next 13 years before graduating from the team in the Summer of 2015! Austyn become the Assistant Pre Team Coach when she was 13 and continued in this role for 4 years before she became the Head Pre Team Coach last summer. In addition to coaching, Austyn also works as a lifeguard for Montgomery Village. She graduated from Sherwood High School in 2015 where she was on the varsity cheerleading team for four years and was captain her junior and senior year. Austyn is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Towson University and is also an active member of her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. She is looking forward to the summer and her new role as Assistant Coach & Head Pre Team Coach.
Jacqueline Landry attends The Ohio State University and is considering a career in statistics. Jacqueline has always been in and around swimming pools. She swam for the Lake Marion Lasers for 11 years where she was as a Pre-Team Helper, Junior Coach and was a captain of the Gaithersburg High School Varsity Swim and Dive Team for both her junior and senior years. When Jacqueline isn’t around water, she plays volleyball. She lives with her parents and brother Mathieu, who also swims for the Lasers.
Emma Collins is new to our coaching staff for 2017. She is currently a freshman at Virginia Tech studying communications. Prior to college, Emma swam for the MCSL Manchester Farms swim team in Germantown, MD, which she started when she was on pre-team. She was a swimmer at Northwest High School, coached for Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins and was a lifeguard at area pools. Emma has coaching experience with pre-team, swim lessons, and coaching multiple age groups while working for Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins. Emma has also danced since she was 5 and is currently working as a dance instructor for elementary school students. As an assistant coach for Lake Marion, Emma will coach all age groups, with an emphasis on our 12 & Under swimmers. She will also assist Austyn with pre-team.
Evan Handy is a rising Junior at Gaithersburg HS, and has been a member of the Lasers Swim Team since age 8. He swims year round, currently with the National Training Group at RMSC and is a GHS varsity swimmer.
Evan enjoys coaching swimmers, having been a pre-team helper, a Jr Assistant Coach for Lake Marion as well as a coach for 11-14yr olds at Montgomery Stroke & Turn Clinic. He looks forward to working with the younger swimmers on our team, and above all having fun!