Brian King, an Australian swim coach accused of several child integrity violations including emotionally abusing children and lying on his resume, has received a three-year suspension from coaching children, according to a letter to parents who made the complaints.
King’s punishment will include a 6 month banishment from coaching swimmers of any time, followed by a 12-month probationary licence. In total, he will not be allowed to coach children under the age of 16 for three years, according to The Daily Telegraph.
According to a report by SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson in May, King’s presence at the Miami Swim Club was littered with inconsistencies. He was hired as an assistant without approval of the club’s Board of Directors, and was later found to have falsified several items on his resume (and will not require a re-certification of several licenses before he can resume coaching).
He was also accused of throwing objects at swimmers, verbally abusing htem, and making one get on all fours and “bark like a dog.”
King is still believed to be coaching Chinese swimmer Sun Yang after Miami head coach Dennis Cotterell was ordered to stop. We have requested comment from Swimming Australia on whether King’s suspension extends to international swimmers, or even clubs in other countries (King holds American citizenship as well), but as it was after-hours on a Sunday, did not receive immediate response.