T.J. Natal coached at Tulane before joining the Connecticut coaching staff last week.
Oct. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut coach Bob Goldberg announced last week that T.J. Natal has been hired as an assistant coach for UConn swimming.
Natal had previously worked at Tulane, where he spent two years as an assistant coach and one season as the interim head coach. Before Tulane, he was the head coach for the USS Elmwood Sharks in Harahan, L.A., where he coached five high school All-Americans and helped four swimmers qualify for Junior Nationals. When a spot opened up on the Connecticut coaching staff, Natal jumped at the opportunity.
“I wanted to go somewhere bigger and a school that had a better reputation in athletics,” Natal said.
Natal looks forward to this season and the opportunity to be part of a Connecticut program that is headed in the right direction. Last season, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished with a winning record, as they both went 4-3.
“I’m happy to be a part of an up-and-coming program and I look forward to contributing in whatever areas I can,” Natal said.
As a swimmer for Louisiana State University, Natal competed in the 100-meter free, 200-meter free and the 100-meter fly from 2000-2002. Connecticut kicks off this season October 19th against Yale. The meet is set for 1 p.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in Storrs.