Who’s Protecting Abusive USA Swimming Coach Alex Pussieldi? Take Your Pick

Published February 24th, 2014, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick and Tim Joyce

 

In our last post on “the great Alex Pussieldi” – as SwimSwam.com called him last year when he announced his “retirement” – we told the story of Pussieldi’s colleague at Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest School, a confessed child pornographer and molester.

We’re awaiting comment from Dana Markham, Pine Crest’s president, or Jeff Hollander, chair of the board of trustees.

But let’s not pick on Pine Crest. Mum’s the word throughout South Florida, where filling hotel rooms takes precedence over protecting kids. Even if it means climbing into bed with a con man and abuser like Pussieldi.

According to local sources, Laura Voet, manager of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, is fully aware of the circumstances of Pussieldi’s resignation from the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team in February 2004, following a police complaint that he physically attacked one of his swimmers at practice (she was assistant manager at the time). The same swimmer and others testified that Pussieldi secretly videotaped this young man in the bathroom of his house, where the swimmer was a tenant, and also had videos of Pussieldi’s own sex with underage boys. We’re awaiting Voet’s comments.

Pussieldi coached at St. Thomas Aquinas High School both before the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team resignation and following a leave of absence from St. Thomas Aquinas, which was announced at the same time as the resignation. We’re awaiting comment from the principal, Tina Jones, and the supervising principal, Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly.

Pussieldi coached at the Lauderdale Isles Yacht Club’s summer program from 2003 to 2009. We’re awaiting comment from the yacht club.

One of the reasons Pussieldi “retired” was that his Davie Nadadores operation was getting kicked out of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, which housed so many of the club’s foreign swimmers, many with zero supervision. We’re awaiting comment from the athletic director there, Paul Herfurth.

The Davie Nadadores website (http://www.davienadadores.com/2013/) appears to have taken down all its content. The pages there are blank.

After an initial flurry of activity, USA Swimming’s investigators have fallen silent, sources tell us. Perhaps they’ll take up the probe again once it’s not so blatantly obvious that they’re doing so just to cover their own asses in the wake of our reports here.

Complete links to Concussion Inc.’s Pussieldi investigation are at https://concussioninc.net/?p=8652.