Canyons Chooses Not to Renew Contract of Head Coach David Kuck

The Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, California announced to its membership that it had “made the decision to not extend (head coach) David Kuck’s contract.” The decision was effective July 15th, ending his term as the program’s head coach.

The team is 3 days away from a team hosted Sectionals meet that will begin on Thursday, in addition to upcoming Junior Olympics, Futures, Nationals, and Junior National Championship meets.

Kuck was brought on to become the club’s new head coach in the summer of 2017, where he replaced Coley Stickels. Stickels at the time was leaving to become an assistant at Indiana, and earlier this summer was named the head coach at Alabama.

Kuck previously worked as a the North Senior 2 Lead Coach and a Masters Coach at SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte. The club has produced a number of Olympians and until recently had 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team head coach David Marsh as its head coach and CEO.

Kuck has previous stops with the City of Dublin swim club and the Westerville Aquatic Club.

As an athlete, Kuck was a four-year Big Ten Championship finalists at Ohio State.

The club has faced increase scrutiny and pressure after former assistant Jeremy Anderson died in June in U.S. Marshal custody. He was in the process of being extradited to the US to face charges that he had sexually assaulted a member of the team. Since them, 10 more potential victims have been identified. Anderson was a coach from 2006-2017, meaning that only a small portion of his tenure there overlapped with that of Kuck. Multiple sources tell SwimSwam that Kuck repeatedly reported Anderson to SafeSport authorities, and that he was among the most vocal about having Anderson removed from the club, even when he was met with internal resistance, before the accused swimmers stepped forward.

The club is planning an all-members meeting for July 22nd to discuss the path forward.

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Also in his tenure over half of the team’s volunteers resigned.

Markus

Also in his tenure, hundreds of new families were involved instead of the 20 that used to do everything and quit

Swim Parent

Care to explain why the sign ups are the same people who always sign up??

Kyle

The signups are always the same people because of poor communication and training of the board, not because of any coach. Canyons doesn’t even have a LEVEL 1 in USA Swimming’s Club Recognition Program, and it is not a SafeSport recognized team.

Parent

I doubt that Kyle, there is plenty of emails sent out to the parents. Parents like you – have the mentality of my child is not swimming so why should I help. Do the RESEARCH!

Kyle

Like me? Obviously you have no clue what you are talking about. All you have to do is look at my family’s record…if you have access to it, quote it to everyone. I have nothing to hide.

Canyons Mom

So where were all those “new volunteers” when sign ups for sectionals came out before his contract wasn’t renewed???

CANFAM

Let’s see EXTRA, two quick negative posts about parents and LSC. Sounds like you are really in the know at big levels there at canyons and LSC. That level of confidence says staff member, former staff, or board member. Probably one of the many that never reported the abuse until somebody stepped in for you.

SFMH

2017 sectionals showed gaping holes in the organizational structure of canyons. Hardly anyone signed up to help, it was up to a handful to set the whole thing up. Other teams that came far and wide were all made to swim a lane each at the COC pool as all the other teams started arriving. Imagine, 20-30 swimmers per lane and we’re talking about grown teenagers here. Canyons age group swimmers were all swimming there at the same time. It was a pandemonium. Team head coaches were fuming with not even the canyons staff on hand to help with the mess that ensued. Kuck denied liability by blaming teams and head coaches for showing up all at the same time,… Read more »

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Also under his supervision, LSC workers refused to work meets involving him.

Sccoach

Why?

Beth

Because his standards were too high

Kyle

Like that is a problem? High standards?

Clint

the meets the last year have been awesome, finally brought some of the rest of the country to SoCal and I hope it stays

Swim Parent

There always were teams that came from across the country. Wasn’t anything new.

Canyons Swimmer

As a member of his top training group I only have positive things to say about Dave. He was a great coach and influence on my life. He truly cares about his athletes. Thank you Dave for a great two years.

Dave Kuck

I wouldn’t change things and would do it all again. You guys were worth everything.
Always stand up and finish strong.

Amy Kosofsky

I personally worked with Dave and I enjoyed every minute of it! Such a great guy with a wonderful family!

happy swimmer

worst. coach. ever. period.

joe childs

Wow

Byron Davis

As a friend and colleague, I never experienced him being rude or racist.

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