A Portsmouth native started a lineage that pushes new boundaries even today.
At the heart of a family’s passion for swimming is the one who started it all. Frank Bruch, 92, began a tradition surviving generations.
The heritage of the family’s swimming careers began when Bruch himself, taught his nine children the basics of the sport. Bruch was a volunteer with the Red Cross in which he instructed swimming.
He, along with his late wife, Ann Bruch both imparted life saving techniques upon the youth with their time at the Red Cross. The couple also taught basic swimming and water safety with the Red Cross.
The two taught in the area that was once upon a time, the Dreamland pool.
Before long, Bruch would take up competitive swimming, as a coach. He was the Portsmouth Piranhas coach at the YMCA in the 50s.
The lifelong swimmer’s career would extend long past coaching.
Beyond coaching, Bruch would also have a lifesaving position in swimming. The Portsmouth Fire Department would see him as a rescue scuba diver.
Fast forward, and Bruch’s children would carry on his traditions of swimming. With their children, they passed on the swimming gene to his grandchildren.
Several of Bruch’s grandchildren would follow in his path becoming swim coaches within the district. Elizabeth Lewis and Tricia Boggs are presently coaching the Portsmouth Spartans. Hope Bruch is President of the club. Now, the swimmer’s legacy continues into tomorrow with his great-grandchildren.
Hanna Fraley of Notre Dame, Emily Boggs and Josh Boggs, for Wheelersburg, Reagan Lewis and Jeremiah swim for Northwest, Bryce Wallace and Alainnah Scott, Portsmouth and Ava Wallace, Kinley Wallace, Levi’s Bruch, Caleb Lewis, Luke Lewis, and Catie Boggs for the Spartans.
Of his 13 great-grandchildren, three have signed on to swim with our Shawnee State University. Fraley, B. Wallace, and Scott will be competing as Bears soon. One has pursued and achieved junior Olympic swimming times, Boggs is an up and coming swimmer.
The dynasty Bruch has crafted is one of three generations. To this day the family of swimmers are forging new paths founded by his legacy.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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