Update: USA Swimming says that there are no criminal charges related to sexual misconduct but the case does involve sexual misconduct, per statute 304.3.5 and the other statutes cited below.
Former Colorado coach Matt Beck has been added to USA Swimming’s Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible list; his official ban date is listed as August 10th, 2012.
Beck is the former owner of and head coach of Highlands Ranch Aquatics in the Denver area from 1997 until the present (his name has been removed from the website as of posting). As an athlete, he swam under Eddie Reese at the University of Texas and was a member of their 1996 National Championship Team. As a Longhorn, he was an All-American all four years, and reigned as the Southwest Conference Champion in the 200 fly in both 1995 and 1996. After graduating from Texas, his Linkedin profile indicates that he went straight into coaching.
The sections cited for banishment are below:
304.3.5 Any sexual contact or advance or other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, or other person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete.
304.3.6 Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present, or the existence of any pending charges, for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution or intent to distribute illegal drugs or substances, (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct, or (iv) any criminal offense against a minor.
304.3.18 Any other material and intentional act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.
Despite the citations above, a spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s office confirmed today to our Ceci Christy that there was no pending investigation. The District Attorney’s office also says that there is no prosecution in the case.