by Irvin Muchnick
Australia’s Brian King is the latest coach busted for buffing his curriculum vitae and sexually preying on his athletes. The King line at Penn State University – one year, 2009-10, over and out and unreported – also exhibits an underappreciated aspect of the USA Swimming scandals: the system Congress needs to be investigating with serious purpose encompasses more than just the U.S. Olympic Committee’s sport-by-sport governing bodies. The relationships of National Collegiate Athletic Association coaches and the American Swimming Coaches Association also need a close look.
The current Penn State head swimming coach is Tim Murphy. He came from Harvard in 2013. Murphy was then and is now a member of the board of directors of ASCA, along with such other college coaches as Gregg Troy (University of Florida), Jim Tierney (Northwestern), Tim Welsh (Notre Dame), Matthew Kredich (University of Tennessee), Eddie Reese (University of Texas), and Bill Wadley (Ohio State).
With ASCA devoted to such projects as harboring in fellowships and consultancies coaches who have been accused of sexual misconduct – Brian King is just one of many examples – we in the past have raised questions with these coaches’ institutions. Why are their employees granted release time to attend ASCA’s bacchanal-conventions, and why are they allowed to hold highly public positions with an organization so hostile to young athletes’ interests?
See “Dear Tim Murphy, Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men’s Swimming and Diving: What Do Your Benefactor and Employer Say About the Sport’s Sex Abuse Scandal?”, August 15, 2012, https://concussioninc.net/?p=5880.