Rafael Forti was named to resurrect Union College's swimming program in February of 2005.
In nine seasons leading the Bulldog swimmers, Forti has guided a total of 144 individuals and 40 relay teams to the NAIA Men's National Championship Meet and 96 individual marks with 41 relay teams for the NAIA Women's National Championship Meet
He has coached a total of 98 indvidual Top-16 finishes at the national championship, 51 on the men's side and 47 on the women's side, while in relays events, Forti has coached 63 teams to top-16 finishes - 33 on the men's side and 30 on the women's side.
In all, Forti has coached an indvidual NAIA National Champion, 13 NAIA First Team All-Americans (seven men, six women), and 20 CSCAA First Team picks (12 men, eight women,
Forti's student-athletes have also been honored for their work in the classroom, as six swimmers have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes, and another 14 have placed on the CSCAA Scholar-Athlete list. Also, 16 of his teams have been named both NAIA and CSCAA Scholar Teams, and four student-athletes have earned the NAIA's Champion of Character award, as well.
Forti also serves as the Appalachian Swimming Conference's Treasurer, a position he has held since July of 2011. On the national level, he is currently the President of the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association Executive Committee, and previously served as Vice President and Secretary for the Committee. Forti has also been a member of the NAIA Swimming & Diving Rules Committee, and has served on the NAIA National Rating Committee since 2009.
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.
Michael Viscardi, a former letter winner for the Bulldogs, enters his first season as the assistant coach for the Union men’s and women’s swimming programs in 2014-15.
Viscardi comes back to Barbourville from a stint as both the coach of the Stingrays Swim Team, and as an assistant coach at his alma mater McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, serving in both positions since 2012. Viscardi also served as a coach for the Echo Mill Swim Team in 2013, and as the head coach of the Walker’s Ridge Swim Team in 2008.
Viscardi entered the coaching ranks off a career as a collegiate swimmer at both Union and Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.). At Union, Viscardi finished 11th in the 200-breast at the 2008 NAIA National Championships. In 2010, Viscardi transferred to Wheeling Jesuit, and ended his career as the schools record holder in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while setting a new conference record in the 200-breast, as well.
Viscardi, a native of Marietta, Georgia, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wheeling Jesuit in 2012 in Business Administration. He currently resides in Barbourville.