Curl Burke, the swim club founded and built into one of the biggest in the nation by embattled swim coach Rick Curl today, released the following statement both to USA Swimming and their team members today.
The statement states that Curl has “decided to take a leave of absence” from the club that he owns, and that Tom Ugast
USA Swimming statement.
Washington Post says that USA Swimming has begun emergency proceedings against Rick Curl.
Dear CUBU Families,Coaches, and Staff,
In response to the article that appeared in the Washington Post today, Rick Curl has decided to take a leave of absence effective immediately. Pete Morgan will assume the role of Head Coach of the Curl Burke Swim Club. In addition, Tom Ugast, Director of Operations at CUBU since 2010 will continue to process all management functions on a day-to-day basis.
Curl Burke Swim Club takes very seriously the health and well-being of your children that swim for our Club. All of our coaches value the time they spend with the swimmers. As a Club we follow USA Swimming’s “Safe Sport” program to help ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved in our sport.
In 2010, all of our head site coaches attended the first seminar put on by Potomac Valley Swimming in conjunction with USA Swimming to educate our coaches in athlete protection.
In 2011, under the new policies that were adopted by USA Swimming, Curl Burke adopted a program that includes a code of conduct for our coaches, training in athlete protection, and mandatory background checks of all coaches. We strive to create an atmosphere that is safe and nurturing to all of our swimmers.
This article is painful for our Club and Rick Curl personally. If you have any questions or concerns going forward, please contact Tom Ugast.