Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Dave Smith

Head Coach


Coach Smith is entering his 14th year of coaching swimming. He has coached numerous state qualifiers, state placers, zone qualifiers and zone placers at both the High School and club levels

Prior to coming to the Great Lakes Tritons, Coach Smith held other head coaching positions and has obtained many awards and championships. Here is a brief list of some of Coach’s accomplishments:
   Head Coach of the Warren Jaguars for 8 years
   Head Boys Varsity Coach at Warren Mott for 6 years
   Coached Warren Mott Boys to 1997 MAC White Division Meet Swim Championship
   1997 Macomb County Coach of the Year
   Coached Warren Mott Boys to 1999 MAC White Dual & Divisions Meet Swim Team Championship
   1999 MAC White Division Boys Swim Coach of the Year
   In 6 years of Coaching at Warren Mott High, the Boys team broke every school record.
   Head Girls and Boys Varsity Coach at Warren Woods Tower High School for 3 years.
   Coached WWT Girls to 2002 MAC Blue Dual Meet Swim Team Championship
   2002 MAC Blue Division Girls Swim Coach of the Year
   Coached WWT Boys to 2004 MAC Gold Dual & Division Meet Team Championship
   2004 MAC Gold Division Boys Swim Coach of the Year
   Coached Star Aquatic Club for 2 years
Coach Smith is also entering his 4th year as Head Girls and Boys Varsity Coach at Henry Ford II High School. Even with only 4 years at Henry Ford II HS, Coach Smith has achieved numerous goals with his high school team:
   Coached HFII Girls to 2006 MAC White Dual & Division Meet Swim Team Championship
   Coached HHFII Girls to the 2006 Macomb County Championship
   2006 MAC White Division Girls Swim Coach of the Year
   2006 Macomb County Coach of the Year
   Coached HFII boys 2007 MAC Blue Division Meet Swim Team Championship
Outside of his commitment and dedication to his swimmers, Coach smith also enjoys spending time with his son and family. Other enjoyments include camping, swimming, weight lifting, running, and watching movies and reality TV.

Shawn Kornoelje

Head Age Group Coach


HI, I am Shawn Kornoelje. I am finishing my 30th year of coaching, which has included working with all levels of swimmers from Novice to International, I am looking forward to working with Great Lakes Tritons as the Head Age Group Coach!

In 2012 I was bestowed with my second Order of Ikkos Medallion, presented by the United States Olympic Committee, for the 2012 London Paralympics. The Order of Ikkos is a special order reserved for the coach of an Olympic/Paralympic medalist. The United States Olympic Committee awards this medallion which signifies the highest level of excellence that a coach can achieve.

Another coaching experience I am proud of was being a key member of the U.S. Paralympics coaching staff from 1998-2004. Assisting in the training and preparation for team camps going into the 2000 Sydney Games, the 2002 World Championships in Argentina and the 2004 Athens Games, where I served as the Head Coach of the US National Men’s Paralympic Swim Team.

I also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Michigan's women's swim team, which finished as the NCAA championship runners-up in 1995. The first Women’s Team EVER other than Texas, Stanford, Florida to have that high of a NCAA finish!!

During my 11 year tenure at Oakland University I had the privilege to recruit and coach some outstanding student-athletes. Working and training the Distance/400IM swimmers was very educational. Taking swimmers to NCAA, Olympic Trials, is very rewarding. I will bring all the experiences of my coaching into the world of age group swimming. Breaking down what I believe is necessary for success, both in and out of the water!!

I grew up in Zeeland, Mich., and a 1991 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, my coaching experience includes stints at the high school and club level. My first high school coaching I led Ann Arbor Huron High School to back-to-back Class A state runner-up finishes for both the boys and girls in 1990 and 1991.

I live in Clinton Township with my wife, Cheryl Angelelli, a 3x Paralympic Swimmer. She won 2 Bronze in 2004 Athens, and 2 Silver in 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games. We have two ‘furry’ children, Lexi and Charlie, Shih Tzu’s that like barking at anything that moves outside!! 

Suzanne Murray

Age Group Coach


Coach Suzanne is happy to join the GLT coaching staff after knowing several of the GLT swimmers and families for many years. She is a graduate of Madonna University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She also has a teaching certificate in Personal and Culinary Services from Wayne State University. Coach Suzanne is in her sixth year of teaching as a culinary arts and hospitality instructor. She teaches at Dakota High School. Some of her highlights as an instructor include coordinating the Macomb County Culinary Arts Competition and catering school functions where students are able to showcase their talents to their peers and the staff. 

Coach Suzanne has a long history in the swim world as she begin swimming in elementary school for the Warren Jaguars. She swam in high school at Warren Woods Tower and for the Star Aquatics Swim Club. She taught swim lessons for Star Aquatics/Swim America in high school and organized the Interact Club/Special Olympics aquatic events each year.

She has been coaching in Macomb County for almost ten years. Coach Suzanne was the Head Coach of the Girls and Boys Varsity Swim Teams at Stevenson High School for many years, the Head Coach of the Girls Swim Team at Warren Woods Tower, and is currently the Assistant Coach at Chippewa Valley of the Girls and Boys Swim Teams.  In addition, she is the Head Coach of the Chippewa Valley Middle School Swim Team. She truly loves the sport of swimming and all that it offers young athletes in and out of the pool. “The characteristics and dedication I learned in swimming from my high school and club coach have gotten me through everything in life. I am who I am as an adult because I was a swimmer.” 

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