2009-10 Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches
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Rafael Forti
Head Coach - 5th Season
Phone: 606.546.1586

Rafael Forti was named to resurrect Union College's swimming program in February of 2005.

In four seasons leading the Bulldog swimmers, Forti has had guided a total of 33 individuals events and 11 relay teams to the NAIA Men's National Championship Meet and 20 individual marks with 11 relay teams for the NAIA Women's National Championship Meet in just three seasons. He has coached a total of 29 Top-15 finishes at the national championship, 15 on the men's side and 14 on the women's side.

Forti is no stranger to the Bulldog swimming program, having been a member of the 1999-00 squad, the last swim team fielded by Union until the sports reinstatement in 2005. He was also a four-year member of the Bulldogs Soccer team, graduating in 2004. The Campinas, Brazil native not only succeeded on the field but also in the classroom earning him such honors as three-time Academic All-Conference, and a member of the 2002 NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete.

Forti graduated Suma Cum Laude and was the 2004 Salutatorian. In 2006, he received his master's for Union in Health and Physical Education and was the Class Marshall for his master's graduating class.

Prior to taking over the swimming program, Forti was the assistant coach for the men's soccer team.

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William Breehl
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Will Breehl is starting his first season as an assistant coach for the Union College men's and women's swimming teams.

He was a member of the University of Louisville's swim team for three seasons. Breehl swam to a pair of Top-15 finishes in the Conference USA Championships in 2003. He had a 12th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and added a 14th-place 200 backstroke finish. Along with the accomplishments in the pool, he was an NCAA Academic All-American in 2002.

Before coming to Union, Breehl was the coach for the Plainview Swim Club, located in Louisville, Ky. from 2004-2008 with the previous two years as the head coach. He also coached the Triton Club Team, also in Louisville, for one year.

He graduated from Louisville in 2008 with a degree in exercise science.

Breehl is a native of Louisville, and now resides in Barbourville.

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Dena Gonzalez
Student Assistant