Director, Senior Development Coach
Coach Dani has been
coaching for over 20 years on USA-Swimming club teams. In
2006 she and her husband, Adam, took over a local team and
started building SUSA.
Dani and her husband,
Adam, have three children. If she's away from the pool, she
is probably traveling with family. She has visited
over 50 countries on 6 continents. In addition to
coaching year-round for SUSA, she was the head coach for 11
years of DHHS, PVHS and Hurricane HS. While she coached
high school, her girls won a 4A State title and she was a
5-Time Coach of the Year recipient.
Her greatest reward comes when she can help your swimmers
achieve their highest potential. Dani has coached swimmers
the national level, State Championships and has helped swimm
realize their college dreams. She loves seeing the look
on their faces when they accomplish something they didn't think was
Lead Coach (SAC), Nat-D, S2
Returning to sourthern Utah in 2016, Shawn has been instrumental
in creating a culture of excellence at SUSA. Coach Shawn
began his coaching career over 10 years ago, with experience
coaching in Texas, Idaho, Utah, Illinois, and Florida. Shawn
has coached all levels of kids from developmental to the national
level of USA Swimming. Mostly importantly, Coach Shawn cares
about his athletes as people and drives them to be successful and
accountable in all areas of their lives. During his time in
southern Utah, Coach Shawn has coached national qualifiers, dozens
of Utah club state champions, and individual and relay Utah
Swimming state record holders.
In addition, Coach Shawn is the head coach for Desert Hills,
Pine View and Crimson Cliffs High Schools in St.
George. In five years he has won three 4A State
titles and has been Coach of the Year three times. Coach
Shawn has been instrumental in developing the overall
Men’s Utah high school state record holding 200 and 400
freestyle relays. He has coached multiple statecChampions,
state record holders, All-American swimmers and Division I and
Division II collegiate athletes.
Coach Shawn graduated from DSU with a degree in
Psychology. His favorite part of coaching is going through
the process of setting goals with his swimmers and aiding them in
achieving those goals.
Shawn coaches: National Development, Stingrays 2 (High
Lead Coach (SHAC), SafeSport & Service
Coach Charlie comes from St. George. He and his wife,
Rachel, have two sons. Charlie has been swimming for 16 years
and has coached high school for four years. For the past two
years he has been the head coach for Snow Canyon HS.
In his third year coaching with SUSA, Charlie has been a vital
part of both our Senior AND Age Group teams. His knowledge,
enthusiasm for both learning and coaching and genuine love for his
swimmers has been a strength to our team. His favorite part
of coaching is watching the swimmers get to competitions and be
Coach Charlie is a senior at DSU and is majoring in
Biology. His favorite food is Greek gyros and he enjoys
playing basketball, fishing and cross-stitching in the little free
time he has.
Charlie coaches Senior Development, Stingrays 1&2 and Royals
Danica Marie Butler
Age Group coach
Coach Danica is from Spanish Fork, Utah but is currently
studying in the Nursing program at DSU. She has been involved
with swimming for more than 10 years, and currently swims for Dixie
State Women's Swim Team. She holds 5 SFHS school records as
well as two school records at Dixie State!
Prior to coaching for SUSA, Danica coached with HAST Swim Team
in American Fork. She has been with SUSA for the past year
coaching our age-group swimmers how to do proper technique and how
Coach Danica enjoys hunting, fishing, dirt biking, boating and
Danica coaches Royals 2 (High Performance).
Lexie A Dunn (Taylor)
Age Group coach
Coach Lexie comes to SUSA as an experienced athlete, competing
for 3 years for Dixie State University Women’s Swimming
Team. She is passionate about working with kids and using her
experience to help them improve and progress. Her desire to
help athletes continues in her education at DSU, where she is
pursuing a degree in exercise science and foundational work for
Lexie grew up in Queen Creek, Arizona, is the oldest (and
parental favorite) of 5 children and loves boneless cooked chicken
in any form.
Age Group coach
Coach Millie has been swimming since she was 12 years old.
She was raised in Logan, Utah, and is the 4th of 6 kids.
Millie swam club for Logan Gators/Cache Valley Marlins, and coached
for them for a year before moving to St. George. She also
swam four years of high school. Two of those years she was
part of the State Championship team. Millie is studying in
the Physical Therapy Assistant program at DSU.
Coach Millie is excited to share her technique skills and
enthusiasm with your kids!
Coach Millie coaches Royals 1 and co-coaches Stingrays 1.
Faith H Purdy
Age Group coach
Coach Faith is orginally from Ogden, Utah where she swam for Ben
Lomond HS for 5 years. Her desire to coach came when she was
able to peer coach her high school team. She is driven by
swimmers improve and loves to help them achieve their goals.
Before coming to SUSA, Faith taught swim lessons for two years and
has a passion for teaching proper technique. She is
looking forward to coaching your kids!
Coach Faith currently attends DSU and is majoring in art.
In her spare timeshe sculpts, hikes and can eat sushi -- anytime,
Faith coaches Royals 1.
Age Group coach
Coach Lainey hails from Logan, Utah. She is the oldest of
4 -- she has two sisters and a brother. She is studying in
the Nursing program at DSU. She is excited to get to know
your swimmers and help them learn as much as possible. Her favorite
stroke to coach is Breaststroke.
Lainey swam for 9 years with Cache Valley Marlins, along with
swimming for SkyView High School. Prior to coming to St.
George, Lainey was an assistant coach for Green Canyon HS.
She has held four high school records.
Coach Lainey loves mac'n'cheese, chocolate milk and Mountain
Dew. She enjoys doing everything outdoors -- hiking,
cliffjumping, wakeboarding and traveling especially. She
brings enthusiasm and a love of life with her to our program.
Lainey coaches with all of the groups.