Carmel Swim Club Head Coach and CEO Chris Plumb has been with the program since 2003. In this role, Chris oversees all aspects of the Club and coaches the High Performance Group. Chris lives in Carmel with his wife, Emily, and sons William and Nicholas, who both took swimming lessons through Carmel Swim Club and now are on the swim team. Chris’s vision has included a new pool for CSC for a very long time, and he is excited for the Carmel Swim Academy to become a reality. Read on to learn a little more about Chris and what he is most looking forward to when CSA opens.
How did you come to Carmel Swim Club?
When we moved to Indianapolis from Miami, Florida, I knew there was only one club I would work for, and that was Carmel Swim Club. I started with Tiger Sharks (the 9-11 group at that time) as a part time coach. When Donnie Brush left for Austin, TX the Head Age Group position opened up, and I haven’t looked back since.
What do you enjoy most about your role as Head Coach/CEO?
I love the challenge of wearing multiple hats: a business leader in the community, a coach on the pool deck, and a mentor to younger coaches. There is never a dull moment here and I am always looking for ways to improve the program, my employees, and myself.
Is there anything people might be surprised to learn about what your role encompasses?
Yes, us coaches work all day, and we all have plenty of work in between our scheduled morning and afternoon practices.
Can you share a little bit about the path to the Carmel Swim Academy?
Ever since I started coaching for CSC, it has been the dream of Carmel Swim Club to have its own facility. We have demonstrated our ability to teach swimming well, and we want to extend that ability to the younger athlete.
What is the greatest opportunity presented by the Carmel Swim Academy?
To save lives, plain and simple. We know if we teach swim lessons, we can prevent tragic drownings and accidents.
What are you most looking forward to when CSA opens?
To have a place we call Carmel Swim Club’s own home to better reach our community.
Can you share any of your early memories of being in the water?
I distinctly remember being in an outdoor pool in Stone Harbor, New Jersey diving for my father’s keys at the bottom of the pool when I was four years old.
Thank you, Chris!