Chris Fugmann established Highbridge Aquatics in the fall of 1990. Chris grew up in Lexington and participated competed with the Greater Lexington Swim Association (GSLA) for 12 years. As a youngster, Chris set 18 Kentucky State Records and one Kentucky High School State Record. His background also includes water polo.
In 1975, Fugmann was an All-American on the United States Water Polo Team. Chris’s coaching began during his college summers. He spent four summers as coach of the Lexington Country Club. As a college swimmer, Chris achieved All-American honors nine times and, in 1980, became an NCAA National Champion in the 400-year IM.
Chris graduated from Centre College in 1982 and was awarded the Jefferson Award, an honor for outstanding achievements in both athletics and academics.
After graduation, he coached the Landsdowne Swim Club for two seasons; then founded the Brookhill Swim Club in 1984 as a United States Swimming team, where he coached for six years.
After coaching the Equestrian Woods summer swim team, Fugmann established Highbridge Aquatics, another USA year round swim team.
He coached HA for 26 years until it merged with another local swim club from 2016-2020. In the spring of 2020, Coach Chris reestablished Highbridge Aquatics.
Coach Fugmann is responsible for administering the Highbridge Aquatics program and coaching all of the practice groups. Chris is married with two daughters. He was the owner of Climate Control Corporation for 26 years. Chris hopes to continue his legacy of building a strong, thorough swim program for athletes ages 5-18 in Central Kentucky.
He enjoys coaching swimmers of all abilities from beginners to elite athletes. For over 50 years, Coach Chris Fugmann has competed and coached at every level of swimming, from age group swimming to the Olympic Trials.