The arrest of Pennsylvania high school swim coach Kenneth Fuller — who, as I’ve reported, was also a USA Swimming club coach — prompted this from Ronnie Polaneczky, a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News:
Meanwhile, I’m standing by for comment from USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, board member David Berkoff, and staffers Susan Woessner and Liz Hoendervoogt on the May 17 post here (which I am reproducing below in its entirety).
Arrests this week of coaches in Tennessee and Pennsylvania highlight the continuing culture of denial and cover-up of sex abuse at USA Swimming, the national Olympics movement’s Congressionally sanctioned supervisor of competitive youth swimming.
Chris Johnson swam at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tennessee in the early 2000s before becoming a USA Swimming club head coach for two different Murfreesboro-based teams, both of which since disbanded: River Oak Swim Club and Murfreesboro Aquatic Club. The former club used the pool at Oakland High School, Johnson’s alma mater, where he was just arrested.
Yesterday I sent this information to USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, as well as to Susan Woessner, director of safe sport, her assistant Liz Hoendervoogt, and David Berkoff, the Hall of Fame swimmer who joined the organization’s board of directors two years ago after leveling allegations that it had harbored pedophiles over a period of decades. I received no response.
Fuller is confirmed to have coached for the last nine years for the USA Swimming club Malvern Swimming in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
I am forwarding this post to USA Swimming officials and requesting comment on both Johnson and Fuller.
Later today this blog will post one of the secret lists USA Swimming maintains of coaches and other swimming figures – some of whom are affiliated with USA Swimming – who are not on the organization’s published list of banned coaches.
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will be held in Omaha, June 25 through July 2. Are we about to let another Olympic cycle pass without cleaning up the climate of molestation in this youth sport?
PENN STATE IN THE POOL: The Cover-Up of the USA Swimming Youth Coach Sex Abuse Scandal is available on Amazon Kindle at http://amzn.to/JoS53m, or as a plain PDF file by sending $1.49 via PayPal to [email protected].