Donald Ray Craft
Head Coach-Senior Group Coach
Donald Ray Craft (D. Ray) - has productively worked in the aquatics field for over 15 years.
D. Ray is a certified Colorado High School Activities Association Coach, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Aquatics Facilty Technician. D. Ray also is certified in Lifegaurd Training, CPR/PR, Oxygen Administration and Automated External Defibrillation (AED), and Safety Training for Swim Coaches. D. Ray is currently the Boys Head Coach and Girls Assistant Coach of the Denver East High School Swim Team for eight years and has been awarded the Denver Public Schools Boys Swimming Coach of the year (2006, 2007) and Colorado High School Activities Association Co-Coach of the year (2008). D. Ray has attended George Washington High School (Class of 2001), and has an Associates Degree in Web Management from Remington College in Lakewood, CO (Class of 2003).
I became involved in competitive swimming relatively late, the
summer before my junior year in high school. I competed two summers
with the Congress Crocs, and two seasons with East High School.
Life took me away from the pool for awhile but, in 1999, on a whim,
I coached the Montbello Sharks summer swim team. I had an amazing
experience which ignited my passion for coaching. I joined USA
Swimming in 2000, coaching the Silver group with the University of
Denver Hilltoppers. A year later I began coaching the Glenarm
Gators, which became known as the Denver DUKES. I was the Head
Coach for DUKES from 2003-summer of 2011, during which time there
were many amazing swimmers and even more amazing kids who walked on
to our deck. We shared many successes, and even endured a few lows,
all of which has shaped me into the coach I am today. I look
forward to continuing to grow as a coach with the awesome staff and
families of the Tritons. See you on deck!!
A 2011 graduate from the University of Virginia, Elizabeth swam for NOVA Aquatics in Virginia for 8 years, swam at UVA for 4 years, part of the first class to win 4 straight ACC Championships, BA in psychology. Other accolades include:
*Recipient of ACC’s prestigious Weaver-James Corrigan Award
*2008 ACC Rookie of the Year
*NCAA All American 2008 (200 fly, 400 IM - HM), 2011 – 800 free relay
*Olympic Trials Qualifer 2004, 2008
*ACC Champion – 2008 (200 IM, 200 fly, 200 MR), 2009 (200 & 400 MR, 800 FR), 2010 (200 fly), 2011 (800 free relay)
* University of Virginia Team Captain 2009-2011
* 3 time All Metro Swimmer of the Year – Richmond Times-Dispatch
* National Junior Team
swimming career began before she could walk, perhaps why
she’s-always been more comfortable and graceful in the water
than on land! Her mom tossed her (literally) in the pool with the
legendary Harry Ukelele at the tender age of 9 months, and
she’s felt like a fish out of water ever since.
While Cindy’s swimming career began at 9 months, her coaching
career didn’t start until she was 18. She began coaching
summer club swimming in 1980 and has been at Skyline Acres for the
last 27 years. She began coaching year round swimming in 2003 at
the Denver Athletic Club. She now coaches her “Dream
Team” with her Dream Team.
Scott Alverson, DRay Craft, and Cindy started the Denver Triton
Swim Team in the fall of 2009 and have been having a BLAST! They
added Jake Barber and diving in 2010 and are on the adventure of
their lives. While they have added swimmers and coaches to the mix,
the core remains solid and excited. They finished the 2009 ~2010
season with 22 swimmers at Manual H.S. They finished the 2010 ~
2011 season with 77 swimmers at Manual H.S. and TJ H.S. The
2011~2012 season begins with an exciting new merger with the Denver
Dukes and practices at 3 pools in various parts of the city.
The adventure began with a desire to reach as many kids as possible
and instill in them the same passion and love of the sport of
swimming that the entire coaching staff shares. Their main goals
are to have fun while teaching proper stroke technique, and to make
sure the kids are having fun while learning proper stroke
technique. Easier said than done, but so far so good!
Cindy has 5 children who all swam/swim competitively and still
love the sport! When she is not coaching she enjoys open water
swimming, riding her bike, camping, skiing, decorating her house,
and doing pretty much anything in the glorious Colorado
Scott is a Colorado
native. He began swimming competitively at the age of 7 and
continued through college. Scott attended Overland High School in
Aurora where he served as team captain and was a CHSAA state
qualifier all four years. Scott went on to compete with the Red
Raiders of Shippensburg University (PA) serving as team captain and
PSAC conference finalist all four years. His main events were the
500 freestyle and the 400 I.M. While attending Shippensburg Scott
completed his B.A. in Speech Communications and earned his M.A. in
Mass Communications. Scott is currently a Fifth Grade teacher at
the Tollgate School of Expeditionary Learning.
Scott began his coaching career at Skyline Acres Swim and Tennis
Club in Denver, CO. He has continued coaching there in a tenure
that began in 1995. He has coached every level of swimmer from the
complete novice to the Olympic Trial swimmer. Scott coached the
Shippensburg Area Senior High School Men’s and Women’s
teams to a league championship. He also coached at the Carlisle
(PA) YMCA where he coached many children of military families from
the nearby U.S. Army War College.
Scott was an assistant at J.K. Mullen High School where he helped
coach the Mustangs to a Colorado State Championship as well as
numerous All-American Swimmers. He has also coached the Cherry
Creek High School Boys swim team. Scott has been fortunate enough
to have trained, coached, and learned from some of the best minds
in the swimming world.