The month-long appeal period for the lifetime ban on former swim coach Mitch Ivey has expired with no result, meaning that the accused sexual abuser has been added to USA Swimming’s public list of individuals permanently suspended or ineligible late Monday afternoon.
Ivey, a 1968 and 1972 Olympic medalist, is also a former coach at the University of Florida, among other places. Ivey’s ban comes several years after his original accuser, Suzette Moran, made the public announcement that she had been abused by her coach as a child; though she did not refer to Ivey specifically, context clues led most to believe that he was the coach she was referring to.
To see more about the Ivey story, click here. Ceci Christy, a SwimSwam contributor who is also an attorney and has led our coverage\on sexual abuse in swimming for the last year, will also follow-up in the next few days with more analysis of the Ivey case.
Ivey is the 20th coach to be banned in 2013, the busiest year on record for USA Swimming. The full public list can be seen here.