Janette Heaton


Janette began her coaching career as a high school student, and she continued coaching while pursuing a BA from Northern Michigan University. She ran summer coaching clinics at NMU while a still a student and coached the swim team at Negaunee High School during her final year at NMU. After college, she honed her skills during her five years with OLY in Rochester, and then during stints as the Avondale HS Swim Coach and the Rochester HS Swim Coach. She loves swimming because she is able to meet so many great people.

Janette started the Lake Orion Liquid Lightning Team and was the Head Coach for five years. When Huron Valley opened pools, she brought her significant talent home and started the Huron Valley Penguins Swim Team, where she’s been the Head Coach since 2005. Currently, she’s the head coach at HVP, where she encourages all swimmers to strive for their very best.

“I love coaching swimming because I love to see others enjoy swimming as much as I do.”

• Coached Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Vanderkaay

•Coached Zone Champions, Junior National Champions, and Olympic Trial qualifiers

•Assistant National Team Coach at OLY

•Competitive swimmer at Wyoming High School and Northern Michigan University

•Coach at Upper Peninsula YMCA in Houghton, Y Zone Meet in Wisconsin

•Started the Lake Orion Liquid Lightning Team; Head Coach for five years.

•Coached State and Zone qualifiers for LL

•Started the Huron Valley Penguins Swim Team; Head Coach (2005-present)

•Head Coach for Lakeland High School Girls Swim Team (2013-present)