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.

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.” 

Danielle Vallier



Haley Westrick



Coach Haley swam for Blue Water Swim Club for 9 years and went on to swim at the varsity level in high school. She qualified for states in the 100 breaststroke and 200 medley relay every year of high school swimming. Currently she is the Marine City Middle School head coach and has also helped coach for the Marine City High School girls team, and the Port Huron High School girls team as well. She also helped out with Blue Water Swim Club while in high school.

Coach Haley graduated from St. Clair High School in 2012 and is currently studying Health Science with a Pre-Dental concentration at Oakland University. She is looking to graduate in the next year and a half and continue on to dental school. Outside of her busy school and work schedule, Coach Haley enjoys swimming, yoga, softball, being with friends and family, and spending time out on the water. Above all else, Coach Haley is very excited to have joined the GLT Coaching Staff. “I look forward to working as a team and helping each and every swimmer reach their fullest potential.”