April 11, 2011

PENSACOLA, Fla. --- Texas A&M women's head swimming coach Steve Bultman can add Hall of Famer to his growing list of accomplishments.

Bultman, who just completed his 12th season in Aggieland, was inducted in the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club (GPAC) Hall of Fame as part of the club's inaugural class. Bultman was joined by three of his former GPAC swimmers who earned spots on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Seoul, South Korea: Beth Barr, Andrea Hayes and Daniel Watters. Bultman was GPAC's swimming coach for 15 years in two stints, from 1975-79 and from 1980-89.

"There are so many things that have to go right," Bultman told the Pensacola News Journal, reflecting on the past feat. "First off, the Olympics happen only once every four years. You have to be healthy. You have to be swimming your best. You have to compete against hundreds to get to the (Olympic) Trials, and once you get there, you have to beat a lot of very good swimmers. It's just amazing."

In addition to coaching the three Olympians for GPAC, Bultman was a coach for the 1988 Olympic Team and for the 1985 Pan Pacific Games. Six GPAC swimmers qualified for the 1988 Olympic Trials and four of the six made the finals. He was a four-time Southeastern Swim Coach of the Year and he coached GPAC swimmers to eight national titles. Under his direction, GPAC swimmers won a gold and two silver medals at the 1985 Pan Pacs and a silver at the 1988 Olympics. He also also coached GPAC swimmers to 10 individual high school state titles and one high school state team title.