by Tim Joyce and Irvin Muchnick
EXCLUSIVE: Florida Coach Stayed on Pool Deck Nine Years After USA Swimming Investigation of Battery Complaint Against Him Also Revealed Secret Videotapes of Boys Living With Him
Last week we broke the story of Alexandre Pussieldi, a top club and high school coach in South Florida who was accused, in compelling specifics, of maintaining a hidden-camera system in the bathroom of the Brazilian and Mexican boys who were living with him while he coached them for Jack Nelson’s Fort Lauderdale Swim Team. That was in 2004.
As a consequence of the investigation, Pussieldi resigned at Fort Lauderdale and took a leave of absence from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. But USA Swimming – whose investigation of a Mexican swimmer’s complaint that Pussieldi committed assault and battery on him at a team practice is what also raised the videotaping allegations – did not remove Pussieldi from coaching. Pussieldi retired last year from the nearby club in Davie (which he owned and perhaps still does). He is currently in Sochi reporting from the Winter Olympics for a news organization back in his native Brazil.
Just two weeks ago, the Davie club celebrated Pussieldi’s honor by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a “coach of excellence.” It is his second straight such ASCA award. See http://www.davienadadores.com/2013/2014/01/30/coach-alex-recognized-by-asca-for-second-year-in-the-row/.
Pussieldi is also the Brazilian correspondent for Swimming World magazine.
Next: Concussion Inc. will publish explicit details of the 2004 allegations against Pussieldi in the USA Swimming investigation.
Complete links to Concussion Inc.’s Pussieldi coverage, which began February 7, are at http://concussioninc.net/?p=8652.