Michael J Hillman
Started swimming at the age of seven thru his Grandmother.
During the summer months of his adolescence he lived in Long Beach,
California where he found his love of water. He loved surfing,
boogie boarding, and playing volleyball during those summer months.
He was a member of the High School Swim Team in California where
he placed at State in the Breaststroke. He didn’t have the
opportunity to swim on a club team due to financial situations his
mother experienced due to raising three children on her own. That
didn’t stop him from training on the local school swim team
and participating in lifeguarding in Long Beach. He served a Church
mission in Japan where he learned to read, write, and speak the
language. He also was able to participate in several Japanese
experiences that taught him respect and dedication. After his
mission, he attended college in California where he played Water
Polo and continued his dedication to swimming.
Shortly after college, he moved to Utah where he met his
beautiful wife of 28 years while attending Southern Utah
University. They currently reside in Tooele County and have two
children, Garrett and Zaxton. Mike has coached both his sons in
swimming, and, with the help of other coaches, both made it to
several state championship meets where each one podiumed. Garrett
went on to swim in college at Whitworth University in the Pacific
Northwest. He is now working on his graduate degree and is now an
Assistant Swim Coach for the college. Zaxton is now attending
Western Wyoming Community College where is plays soccer.
Coach Mike has coached for several clubs and for the last decade
has had several swimmers participate at the sectional level. His
passion has always been to help youths improve and achieve their
goals thru passion, dedication, and desire. He loves to see the
young athletes smile after they accomplish their goals.
Mike’s full-time job is with the grocery retailer Kroger,
he has worked for them for the last 27 years. His dedication to his
job speaks for itself with the time and energy he places on great
customer service. His goals for West Valley Aquatics team is to
have that same kind of dedication he has with his full-time job. He
wants to help swimmers develop their swimming, help the team
achieve their goals, and get them to that next level of swimming.
I started taking swimming lessons at 4 years old as a form of
therapy and enjoyed it so much that I began competing at 5 years
old. I continued to swim Club all throughout my youth and all 4
years of High School. During my senior year, I was voted as Captain
of the team. That same year, I obtained State Champion in the 100
Breaststroke. After high school, I swam a year in College. During
high school I knew that I wanted to coach swimming and help
swimmers like me, who had been helped by the sport.
I first started coaching at my alma mater, Tooele High School. I
was honored when I was inducted into my alma mater’s Wall of
Fame. I have coached so many great swimmers over the years; 26 and
counting! I have coached High School Region and State Champions,
Age Group State Champions and State record holders! I have been the
Utah Zone Coach on 2 different occasions. I was also privileged to
take a group of swimmers to Moscow, Russia for the Utah/Moscow
Youth Games. Two of my own swimmers were in attendance. During that
same time, I was coaching several swimmers to Sectionals and Junior
I hope to help the swimmers of West Valley Aquatics become
better swimmers and people!
Email: [email protected]
10 & Under Age Group Coach
I was born in Evreux Eure France (although I don’t speak
French). My father was stationed there for the military and we
moved back to the States before I was two years old. Being that my
father was in the military, we lived in many different states and I
went to many different schools. I went to Jr. High and High School
in Abilene, Texas.
I started swimming when I was 8 years old. I joined the swim
team when we were living in Rantoul, Illinois. When my family moved
to Abilene, I continued to swim by joining the High School Swim
As an adult, I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where I met my
wife, Mary, and had four children. All four of my kids have swam
for West Valley Aquatics and three of the four swam for the Hunter
High School Swim Team.
I started out as a parent on the bench watching my kids swim
every day. I eventually started volunteering to help with the
novice group and then became the coach and have been coaching the
beginners’ group for many years now.
I enjoy coaching for the Dolphin swim group and look forward to
teaching the swimmers the different strokes. My goal is to build up
their endurance and prepare each swimmer to move up into the
higher-level groups and become strong athletes and leaders.