Ad’m Dusenbury Added to USA Swimming Banned List; Bill Jewell Resigns at Golden West Swim Club

Former Mission Viejo coach Daniel Ad’m Dusenbury has been added to the USA Swimming list of Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible, with five different clauses cited as the reason for his ban.

304.3.5 Any sexual contact or advance or other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, or other person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete.

304.3.15 Any other act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.

305.3.4 Violation of any of the Athlete Protection Policies set forth in Article 305

304.3.17 Any other material and intentional act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.

305.1 Inappropriate touching between an athlete and an adult non-athlete member or Participating Non-Member (as defined in 401.1) is prohibited, including, but not limited to, excessive touching, hugging, kissing, sexually oriented behavior, sexually stimulating or otherwise inappropriate games, and having an athlete sit on a non-family member adult’s lap.

As the Orange County Register reported today, though, this was a unique case, because the victim never reported the incident. In fact, according to a statement by USA Swimming (which gave an unusual amount of detail about their investigation), the swimmer in questions “denied impropriety” and “refused to participate in its investigation.”

However, despite the lack of cooperation from the alleged victim, USA Swimming stated Dusenbury elected not to contest the lifetime ban, as he “concedes based on other evidence that an inappropriate relationship took place which violated USA Swimming’s Code of Conduct.”

Dusenbury voluntarily left his coaching duties in October of 2012, two months after Mission Viejo head coach Bill Rose said (in this OC Register article) that the team wouldn’t accept his first attempt at resignation until he “(had) his day in court”.

In the same article, the OC Register is reporting that Bill Jewell has resigned from a volunteer coaching position at the Golden West Swim Club (GWSC). In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Dia Rianda in September, she made several allegations of inappropriate conduct by Jewell. She also accused former USA Swimming National Team Director Mark Schubert, the current head coach at the GWSC, of wrongfully terminating her after she brought her concerns forward.

The OC Register goes into further detail about specific accusations against Jewell, including several specific inappropriate comments about female teenage swimmers, and being seen leaving practice with underage swimmers.

Jewell’s conduct is still under investigation by USA Swimming.

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I understand that Coach jewell was 100% exonerated by an LA Sheriif’s Dept. investigator that was hired by Golden West College. Is that true? I remember the investigator saying, “there was nothing there except allegations by a terminated ex-employee. No swimmer of parent made any accusations in this case.” What is the truth?

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