by Irvin Muchnick
A friend of one of the many Australian youth swimmers credibly said to have been abused by coach Brian King (who also coached in the U.S., including at Penn State) sent a file of information to John Leonard, executive director of the American Swimming Coaches Association.
Leonard, of course, is the swimming establishment apparatchik who historically has stonewalled efforts to improve protections for kids vis-à-vis sexually predatory coaches. He also is on record as stating that ASCA has no direct mission for children “in any way, shape, or form.”
The information from the Australian source included the irrefutable fact that King was a 2006 recipient of an ASCA fellowship.
Leonard responded: “[W]hen I get information from sources I don’t know, I don’t use it. I prefer caution in all matters like this. I am corresponding directly with ASCTA [Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association] about this.”