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 southern 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. Most 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 other areas of swimming, 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 state
champions, state record holders, All-American swimmers and Division
I and Division II collegiate athletes. Shawn is currently certified
as an ASCA Level 3 coach for high school and USA Senior
Shawn is also an active registered masters coach and has
developed a group of highly motivated 18 and over athletes who
form the SUSA Masters team at Sand Hollow. Shawn's
masters have won multiple Huntsman World Senior Games titles,
placed in the top 10 at the USMS Spring Nationals, and have
placed on the annual Top 10 list for US Masters swimming.
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 is happily married to his wife, Heather. Together
they have 4 amazing boys.
Shawn coaches: National Development, Stingrays 2 (High
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.