Tony LeVoie was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1930 and in the 1940s he won the New England junior 440-yard and 1500-meter freestyle championships. From 1951-53 LeVoie was in the Marine Corps and participated in swimming races and marathons. From 1953-56 he was swimming director at the Fox Point Boys' Club in Providence and received a scholarship to New York University where he took the Boys' Club short course in management and also found time to coach several championship teams.
In 1957 LeVoie was appointed swim director at the Jamestown Boys' Club and held the position until his retirement in 1979. In that time he taught thousands of youngsters how to swim.