Chris M Coraggio
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.