Bora Yatagan enters his third season as the assistant swim coach at the College of Charleston after joining on in 2010. Yatagan focuses primarily on the swim team's sprint group.
In 2011-12, Yatagan helped coach the Cougars to a men's CCSA team championship behind individual titles from Pablo Ortiz (200 fly), Greg Karel (50 free) and a relay title in the 200 free.
In Yatagan's first year with the Cougars, his swimmers broke a total of 13 school records and one conference record. They also earned two NCAA Division I provisional qualification times. Two of his swimmers were recognized as CCSA's Athletes of the Year in Randy Buchanan and Matthew Sherrier.
Yatagan grew up in Ankara, Turkey and was a 2004 graduate of Hacettepe University, receiving his bachelor's degree in Sports Science and Technology. He later received his master's degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University in 2007.
Yatagan comes to the College from Fairmont State University where he spent three years as the primary assistant coach. In that capacity, Yatagan assisted in running practices, organizing weight lifting and dry-land practices, organizing the team's schedule and meets, and running swim software including timing-start systems.
During that time, Yatagan was also the head coach of the Fairmont Area Swim Team (FAST). He headed all coaching and directing responsibilities for the FAST Club Team while also implementing effective, forward-thinking promotional and fund-raising activities.
Before his arrival at Fairmont State, Yatagan served as a volunteer assistant swimming coach at WVU while he obtained his master's degree.
Athletically, Yatagan placed second in the 50m freestyle and third in the 100m freestyle at the 2003 National Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. He was also a member of the four-time national champion Galatasaray Swim Team from 1999-2003.