Arrested Swim Coach Joey Diaz ‘Immediately Terminated’ By Club After Arrest

Joey Diaz, a former swim coach of the Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville, Florida has been terminated by his club. In a statement released by the club Friday, they confirmed that they had no prior knowledge of the situation, which is not the case in many instances of arrested coaches, and that he was immediately terminated when learning of his arrest.

The safety and well-being of our athletes is the highest priority for Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville. We learned of the arrest of Joseph Diaz, part-time group coach,  Thursday evening and had no prior knowledge of any inappropriate conduct. His employment was immediately terminated by our club and will continue to work with the authorities on this matter and provide any information we can.

Diaz was arrested late Thursday afternoon on two counts involving child pornography. (Read More here).

In the only update to the arrest record from Alachua County Clerk of Court on Friday, Katrina Harden from the State Attorney office has been assigned as the prosecutor in the case.

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7 Comments on "Arrested Swim Coach Joey Diaz ‘Immediately Terminated’ By Club After Arrest"

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Hulk Swim, where are you?

If the allegations against this coach are proven in a court of law, he should lose his job and go to prison. He broke the law and the rules of USA Swimming. It is black and white, no arguments. You should be all over this guy.

He already lost his job. Waiting on all the apologists to come out…then you’ll hear from Hulk. And anyone else that’s normal.

Your right… He needs to be removed from decks and dealt with by the proper authorities. But that doesn’t need any more saying. It’s quite obvious.

You can rest assured I’ll jump right in when someone tries to lessen the seriousness of his actions as they did in the previous instance you seem to be bothered by.

Another pathetic example. This is not an accusation…these warrants appear to have specific charges which leave little wiggle room. Make an example of the criminal and be done with it…maybe make the next fool to infiltrate the swimming world think twice.

I swam with this guy in South Florida. What a disgusting shame. Something must run in the swim coach profession where a huge number of them feel the need to molest kids. Sick.

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