USA Swimming has launched an emergency hearing in the case of Noah Rucker, the Virginia coach, most recently working with Curl Burke, who has been arrested on charges of inappropriate behavior with a minor swimmer. Their statement:
Upon learning of the arrest of Noah Rucker, coaches from the area immediately reported to USA Swimming’s Safe Sport officer, who has initiated the emergency hearing process. USA Swimming and Potomac Valley Swimming adhere to a comprehensive Safe Sport program which includes safeguards in each of six different areas: Polices & Guidelines, Screening & Selection, Training & Education, Monitoring & Supervision, Recognizing, Reporting, & Responding, and Engagement & Feedback.
USA Swimming, the sport’s National Governing Body, came under fire when leading news publications discovered that many abusive coaches were not detected by the protocols that were currently in place. These major news sources reported that USA Swimming and its member swimming clubs employed poor oversight. USA Swimming reacted quickly, creating an Athlete Protection program, which has since been rebranded as “Safe Sport”.