In an email sent to the Golden West Swim Club and the Southern California Swimming LSC today, the two groups were informed that coach Bill Jewell has been suspended for three years.
“USA Swimming’s case against Mr. Jewell was based on a pattern of inappropriate behavior, including making sexually explicit comments toward athletes and other individuals affiliated with the club,” the email stated. “There was no allegation of or evidence to support inappropriate sexual touching.”
This ends at least one branch of a drawn-out and very complex saga where a former colleague of Jewell’s at the Golden West Swim Club, Dia Rianda, sued her former employer claiming that she was fired after reporting Jewell’s behavior to head coach Mark Schubert. That wrongful termination suit, which is a civil suit, has not yet been settled.
Among Jewell’s other prior roles in the sport include as the head coach of the FAST club in Fullerton, California when it was designated and funded as a USA Swimming Center of Excellence.