By Kirk Stewart
The Bryant Barracudas swim team has a new head coach. His name is Onat Tungac and he is from Turkey.
Tungac believes his mission is to help grow the popularity of swimming as a sport. Originally from Izmir, Turkey, he has an impressive resumé. Even as a youngster, “Coach ‘O’” was swimming competitively with the Fenerbahce Swimming Club in his home country.
He’s an eight-time member of the Turkish National Team and represented Turkey at the 2005 World University Games.
Tungac went on to swim for Henderson State University in Arkadelphia in 2004 until he graduated in 2008. There, he was a nine-time Athletic All-American, eight-time Honorable Mention All-American and is a swimming record holder for HSU.