Coach Jeff Russell Given Three-Year Suspension By USA Swimming, Added To SafeSport Database

A former Michigan-based swim coach has been suspended by USA Swimming and added to the U.S. Center for SafeSport Disciplinary Database.

Jeff Russell, officially entered in the database as Jeffrey “Jeff” Russell, was suspended for three years by USA Swimming and is listed in the SafeSport database as suspended for the following offenses: “Emotional Misconduct; Sexual Harassment; Inappropriate Conduct; Bullying.”

The sanctions against Russell are subject to appeal and not yet final. His entry in the SafeSport database currently list probation, a no-contact directive, and education restrictions.

The suspension began on July 2, 2024, and will conclude on July 2, 2027, barring a successful appeal.

In August 2021, Russell, who is also affiliated with USA Water Polo in addition to USA Swimming, was added to the SafeSport database under a temporary restriction for allegations of misconduct.

Based out of Portage, Michigan, Russell formerly coached for Southwest Y Michigan Swimming in Kalamazoo, including coaching 14-time world champion (LC and SC combined) Mallory Comerford.

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Jess
7 days ago

Safesport is worthless. They take too long to suspend actual guilty parties. Meanwhile they leave falsely accused parties (with no criminal charges or evidence of wrongdoing after investigations have been completed) lives and careers in limbo for YEARS. Are other countries doing a better job at this?

Joe
10 days ago

Safesport is a joke!! Why isn’t he permanently banned??

Snarky
Reply to  Joe
9 days ago

Unless you sexually abuse or seriously physically injure someone or commit a major crime a permanent ban is likely not a considered punishment.

Dive mom
Reply to  Snarky
8 days ago

Even when it’s sexual assault it takes years for them to conduct an investigation. Going on 4 years now for one athlete with no end in sight.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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