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.

Tony R Grice

Assistant Head Coach



Coach Tony has a long history involved in swimming. He has taught swim lessons for 20 years and has been coaching for over 15 years. Coach Tony swam for the St. Clair Shores Lakers, Macomb “Y” Marlins, Notre Dame High School and Wayne State University.


In High School, Coach Tony received All-State honors and was a National qualifier with the Marlins. He swam in college for four years and was a four-year letterman. Coach Tony began teaching swim lessons at Fraser High School during high school and later moved on to teach swim lessons at the St. Clair Shores Pool during college. He also began coaching summer programs at Fraser, and continued on coaching with the St. Clair Shores Sea Serpents, St. Clair Shores Lakers, and the Pleasant Ridge Swim Team. Coach Tony was the Head Coach of the Macomb Marlins for two years, where he had many national qualifiers and they had their highest finish at the Zone Meet (5th). 


In addition to coaching club teams over the years, Coach Tony has coached girls and boys high school swimming in the Macomb Area Conference (MAC) for many years as well. He coached the teams at L’Anse Creuse High School for six years. They had many division championships and the boys’ team won the County Championship in 2007. He is currently in his sixth season as the head coach at Chippewa Valley High School. The Big Reds have set their mark on Macomb County swimming and diving in recent years. The girls team were the 4-peat Macomb County Champs from 2010-2013. They sent the largest state team in the school’s history to the D1 State Meet in 2013 where three girls finished with All-State Honors. The boys’ team was named the 2011 County Champs, also marking another first in the school’s history. Both teams have shattered many records on the school’s record board and the team is proud to have signed many college athletes since Coach Tony took over the program. In addition, both teams were named to the Top 10 D1 All-State Academic Team in the state of Michigan.


Coach Tony is a certified Physical Education and Health teacher for grades K-12. Coach Tony’s hobbies include playing many sports including softball, swimming, and hockey. He also enjoys boating, fishing and other water sports.


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



Danielle swam competitively beginning at the age of 7 with the Macomb YMCA Marlins. She continued swimming at Fraser High School and pursued her swimming career at Grand Valley State University. At GVSU, Danielle served one year as captain and has competed at the national level, receiving All-American honors. She has two years’ experience as an assistant age group coach for the Waves swim team at East Grand Rapids Aquatics. Danielle also has been involved in swim lessons for two years as well. Danielle received her bachelor's degree in Clinical Exercise Science from GVSU in 2014 and is now working towards her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Davenport University. 


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.”



Amanda Muriel Hannah



Amanda is a recent graduate of Chippewa Valley High School and is excited to start her coaching experience with the Great Lakes Tritons.  Amanda is not new to the GLT family, she swam for the Tritons for 8 of her nine years as a competitive swimmer.  Some of Amanda’s swim accomplishments include being a 4 year Varsity swimmer and earning a school record for the 200 Medley Relay.  Amanda is on the Dean’s List at Macomb Community College. 


A favorite quote of Amanda’s is “The more you dream, the more you achieve.” –Michael Phelps