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The Barracuda Swim Club employs full-time, professional coaches to design and implement our program. Even with the wealth of experience that our staff brings to the swimmers, we do not lose sight of the fact that each member presents a new opportunity to share our love of the sport and the life lessons which it can engender.
Coaches are happy and willing to discuss a child's progress or address any questions or concerns a parent may have. However, they request that their time on the deck be respected, as that is when they get to work with the swimmers. The time immediately after practice is usually good, or appointments can be made for a time that is mutually convenient.

 

Coaching Staff

Chris M Coraggio

Head Coach

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Chris Coraggio was hired in November, 2002, as site coach in Johnson City.  With the team reorganization in 2013, he assumed the Head Coaching position for the entire club.  Coach Chris began coaching in 1976 and brings his experience as a professional swim coach at the club, high school, and collegiate levels.  He has earned a Level 4 designation by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

While with the Barracudas, Coach Chris has established a respected program, where a swimmer can begin in our novice group and progressively move up to the National level.  "We strive to provide the instruction and training which is appropriate to each individual at each stage of their development as a swimming athlete.  We look forward to helping our swimmers achieve the highest level in swimming that they wish to pursue," says Coach Chris.  During his tenure, the Barracudas have sent swimmers to the USA Olympic Trials, USA Nationals, Junior Nationals, Zone, and Regional competitions.  In his position as Head Coach at Science Hill High School, he has seen that program become a perennial top-10 school in the state of Tennessee, and has produced numerous State finalists and several State champions.  Each year, several of our Alumni continue their swimming careers at the collegiate level.  "My job is to get our swimmers to the point where they don't need me any more, " says the coach, "but I also tell them that I'll be there if they do."

Prior to moving to Johnson City, Coach Chris was the Head Women’s Swimming Coach at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Under his four-year tenure, the team won their collegiate Conference Championship every season. At the NCAA-II National Championships, his teams placed in the top 11 each year, with a high finish of fifth place. Coach Chris mentored one NCAA National Champion, a 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier, 15 NCAA-II All Americans, and 17 Academic All-Americans. His teams produced more than 100 All-American performances. His peers recognized his efforts by electing him Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Coach Chris also reestablished and ran a successful summer swim camp for age-group swimmers and taught courses at the University level.

Coach Chris assisted both the Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, from 1992-1998. In that time, the team won six National Team Titles and had over 300 All-American performances. Coach Chris was also the Head Age-Group Coach of the Springfield Aquatics Swim Club. In that capacity, he produced numerous State Champions and USA Swimming Zone qualifiers. He also served as the Head Coach for the Missouri Valley All-Star Team.

Coach Chris graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and received his Masters Degree in Coaching and Teaching Fundamentals at Ohio University.

Will McDavitt

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach McDavitt joined the Barracuda coaching staff as a full-time Assistant Coach in 2010.  He was promoted to the position of Head Age-Group Coach in 2013. Since taking the reins of our Blue and SIlver groups, Coach Will has done an outstanding job increasing technical expertise and introducing training elements while keeping it fun for our younger members.
Prior to coming to northeast Tennessee, Coach Will served as a volunteer coach for the University of Kansas. He was also the head coach of the BYU-Idaho college club team. He is certified as a Level 2 coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Samuel K Henley

Head Site Coach Kingsport / Asst. Coach

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Sam Henley has been around swimming in some form or fashion for 16 years. He started swimming summer league at age 8 in Knoxville.  When his family moved west, he trained with the Memphis Tiger Swim Team through high school.  His coaching experience began as a  summer league assistant at age 15.  Since then, Sam has worked with the age group programs at Memphis Tigers  and Tennessee Aquatics, most recently as the lead coach for the TNAQ Gray 3 group.  He continued to coach summer league and high school during his time in Knoxville.  Sam enjoys working with swimmers at all different levels of development.    In his tenure as a coach, Sam has developed several Southeastern Swimming Champions and was part of the staff that captured the 11-12 male and female age groups on multiple occasions.. He coached two top ten nationally ranked age group swimmers and serves as one of the Age Group coaches for the Southern Zone All Star Team.  In his spare time he is an avid disc golf player and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and his dog, Nalah.  Sam is excited to be part of the future of Barracuda Swim Club.

 

Sean O O'Connor

Assistant Coach

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