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Head Coach Amy Smith and Assistant Coach Joni Graves
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Amy Smith Head Coach

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!

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Joni Graves Assistant Coach

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.

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Junior Coaches

2019 Junior Coaches for the Hamilton Mill Hammerheads!

Ashlyn Buick

This summer will be my fourth summer as a Hammerhead, and I could not be more excited! I go to Mill Creek High School where I play lacrosse, basketball, and am in the Marching Band!! I love being around the water for swim practice, and after practice when I lifeguard at the Hamilton Mill pools!!

Hunter Dunnington

Misha Gawrys

Elizabeth Haag

Jake Magahey

Cam Niehoff 

Julia Schroer 

Anna Smith

Halle Staples

I have been a Hammerhead for 10 years now and this will be my 4th year as a Junior Coach. I enjoy swimming, being active, and helping others. I will be graduating Hebron Christian Academy this year and going to Georgia College and State University majoring in psychology.

Tristen Thompson

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