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?

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So far the only precinct heard from on the board of the American Swimming Coaches Association has been the semi-coherent, semi-literate hack Ira Klein.

I’m especially interested in Tim Murphy, an ASCA director who is also the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Men’s Swimming and Diving at Harvard University.

Earlier this year former Harvard father-and-son swimmers Charles and Peter Egan endowed Murphy’s coaching position, which is named after the first two head swim coaches in Harvard history. You can view the ceremony at

Mr. Murphy: What do the Egan family and Harvard University say about your high-visibility position with an organization deeply implicated in the decades-long cover-up of age-group coach sex abuse?

Also, sir: What do you say to the question of why ASCA does not publish its own list of banned coaches? Do you agree with executive director John Leonard’s statement that ASCA has nothing to do with children?

Finally, Coach Murphy: Since I think it’s fair to infer that Harvard swimmer David Berkoff might have been among the many coaches and athletes with significant knowledge of former ASCA Coach of the Year and former ASCA president Rick Curl’s molesting of his underage swimmer Kelley Davies in the 1980s, I think it’s also fair to ask what you, yourself, have known about Curl’s sex crimes and when you knew it.

My blog is open to your full response.


Irv Muchnick

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