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Coaching Staff

Michael J Hillman

Head Coach


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.

Daniel Peterson

Assistant Coach


Kelli Whipple

Assistant Coach


Tim Smith

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 Team.

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.