Hello Hammerheads, my name is Amy Smith, and I love the sport of swimming! I have been a lifelong swimmer. I grew up swimming summer league, progressed to year-round club teams, and then had the amazing opportunity of swimming 4 years at Clemson University. Go Tigers! I coached summer swim league teams throughout high school and college in addition to helping with swim camps at Clemson. I am now a USA Swimming Certified Coach and substitute coach at Swim Atlanta. My husband, Greg, and I have 3 wonderful children, Anna, Grace, and Luke. We have all been Hammerheads for 7 years now. We love being involved in the community and really enjoy being a part of the swim family of Hamilton Mill.
I am passionate about fitness, kids, and fun, so I couldn’t ask for a better job than coaching the Hamilton Mill Swim Team. My goal as the Hamilton Mill Head Coach is to help our swimmers learn stroke technique, gain endurance/fitness, and most importantly have a fun summer making memories with their friends in the water.
As a Girl Scout leader, I am a firm believer in building character, courage, and confidence in our kids and will work on these fundamentals with all of our Hammerheads. I look forward to working with our Assistant Coach Joni Graves, along with all of our Junior Coaches this summer as we take the Hammerheads to the next level. Let’s have an amazing summer! Go Hammerheads!
Joni comes to us with an extensive coaching and swimming background. She has coached multiple teams in the Gwinnett County Swim League, has coached at Swim Atlanta and has taught private swim lessons for years.
Her coaching days began during summer months while she attended Emory University where she ran cross country and track. She continued coaching throughout Gwinnett County until she moved to Alaska where she worked as the Aquatics Director for a large health club. In the following years, she expanded her resume in the aquatics field in Portland, Or., and Vancouver, Wa. She coached record-setting swimmers in Portland and Vancouver before returning to Gwinnett County in 2005.
Currently, Joni works as a substitute teacher at Hebron Christian Academy where she also coaches swimming, cross country, and track.