On Oct. 7, 2013, Bora Yatagan was named the interim head coach of the CofC Swimming & Diving program.
Yatagan was named interim head coach after three successful seasons as the primary assistant coach under former head coach Bruce Zimmerman.
Yatagan becomes just the third head coach in the 36-year history of the College of Charleston swimming and diving program next to CofC Athletics Hall of Famer Bill King (1976-1999) and Zimmerman (1999-2013).
Last season, Yatagan helped the Cougars to a program-best 21 school records at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships, where the men placed second and the women finished fourth.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to be a head coach at the College of Charleston and to get a chance to represent this great institution,” Yatagan said. “We have a young, but very talented group of athletes this season, and I believe that they will have a strong presence in the CAA this year and in years to come.”
In 2012-13, freshman sprinter Alex Wood won the CCSA Most Outstanding Freshman of the Meet by setting a new conference and school record in the 100-free preliminaries with a time of 44.91. Leading the charge for the women’s record-breaking conference performance was sophomore Sarah Graif. Graif became the first Cougar female swimmer to earn an NCAA “B” qualifying time when she swam the lead-off leg of the 200-free relay with a time of 22.91.
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 came 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.
Yatagan is married to Christy Yatagan and the couple have a daughter, Ayla Faye, born June 21, 2013.