Mike Torrey, who has led Zeeland swim teams to an astonishing 9 state championships over 32 years here, was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches' Association Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 18, Central Michigan University. Torrey was one of 15 coaches receiving the special honor.
Since moving to Zeeland from Plymouth in 1978, Torrey has coached teams that amassed nine boys' and girls' state titles and eight runner-up titles. Torrey was honored with a National Boys' Swimming Coach of the Year award in 2009. At that time, Torrey said, "We have core values in Zeeland that we believe in. Discipline, dedication, and sacrifice happen at all levels of the Zeeland swim and diving program."
Congratulations, Mike, on your exceptional record and this latest in deserved awards.
In the photo at right, Mike Torrey, seated center, is surrounded by fellow coaches and friends who surprised him with a special reception after he was named National Boys' Swimming Coach of the Year in 2009. The reception took place June 24, 2009, in the Zeeland West cafeteria.