Hiestand enters his 12th 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 (CC) championship meet.
The third season brought even more success. McDaniel swimmers reset 14 program records, and four conference marks. Brad Brooks was named Outstanding Performer and Rookie of the Year at the CC championship – the first Green Terror swimmer to receive that accolade. Brooks went on to gain All-America status with a fourth-place finish in the 1650 free at the NCAA Division III championships. He also finished 10th in the 500 at the NCAA championship for honorable mention All-America honors.
His fourth season once again saw 14 program records reset. The women’s team once again set a high-water mark for points at the CC championship while Brad Brooks once again advanced to the national meet and earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 1650.
Prior to his time at McDaniel, Hiestand saw success at every level he has coached. In addition to his work with high-school All-Americans, and USA-Swimming national age-group champions, he has coached numerous swimmers to US Olympic Trials (2004, 2008), US Nationals, and Jr. Nationals.
In his previous nine years with the McDaniel teams, Hiestand 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 the summer of 2012, 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.
Heistand has garnered individual awards, as well. He has been named the Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons and has been selected as an assistant coach for both USA Swimming's Regional and National Select Camps in 2007.
Hiestand, who also oversees the College's popular swim lesson program, resides in the area with his four children, Tristin, Tanner, Gabrielle and Scarlett.