Currin Reveals Her Rick Curl Story on NPR

by SwimSwam 13

August 07th, 2012 Club, News

Kelley Currin, formerly Kelley Davies, was interviewed by NPR Radio about her relationship with Coach Rick Curl, founder of the super-team, Curl-Burke Swim Club, now CUBU.

According to Ms. Currin’s interview, an intimate emotional and sexual relationship began when she was thirteen years old and continued for four years until her parents read her diary just before she went away to college on a swimming scholarship and confronted Mr. Curl.”

According to the NPR interview, Ms. Currin’s decision to speak publicly about the alleged relationship followed the Penn State football controversy and the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, which resulted in the Penn State board of trustees voting unanimously to fire  Joe Paterno.

Ms. Currin’s story broke when the Washington Post reported that they had received a copy of a non-disclosure agreement where Coach Curl agreed to pay $150,000 to Kelley Davies (Currin) and her family in exchange for their agreement to not speak publicly about the topic, or to press criminal charges.

Coach Rick Curl was never prosecuted.

According to the NPR interview, Ms. Currin is unsure whether or not Mr. Curl will sue following her decision to speak out publicly about the matter.

The NPR Radio interview with Kelley Currin is at this link.  Mrs. Currin’s account of the events while she swam for Coach Rick Curl is detailed and may not be suitable for children.

NPR contacted Rick Curl’s attorney, Thomas J. Kelly, for comment. He declined.


July 25th: Washington Post releases scanned version of the non-disclosure agreement.

July 25th: USA Swimming statement regarding their emergency hearing scheduled with Coach Rick Curl, founder of Curl Burke Swim Club.

July 25th: Rick Curl Accuser (Kelley) Currin Speaks Out

July 26th: Attorney Denies USA Swimming Timeline on Rick Curl

July 26th:  USA Swimming: “Ms. Currin’s First Lawyer Agreed with the Approach

August 1st, Rick Curl Resigns as CUBU President, Separate accounts of funds begun.


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Significant quote, around the 20 minute mark:

“It breaks my heart because there are several of those coaches that completely knew. My parents, in fact, told one of them face to face that this had happened to me, and this guy still coaches for him. It breaks my heart because he was one of my very first coaches at Curl and I loved him… he’s still there and he ended up marrying one of his swimmers.”

I find the timeline and the parents decision to continue to allow her to swim with Rick very disturbing on the parents part. September of ’86 and August of ’87 is not right before she went off to college. I don’t believe they got bad legal advice. Just this fact alone tells me they would have been shredded in a criminal case. How can you believe this man is dangerous and criminal and still allow you daughter to swim with him?

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If memory serves me right the coach that Ms. Currin is slinging mud at was about 29 years old and married a swimmer who was well out of college in her mid-twenties when she trained with him. He did not coach this swimmer when she was in high school or college. She was a college post grad training to make olympic trials. People meet in the work place and fall in love. These were two adults in their twenties. Ms Currin is now painting with a very broad brush, trying implicate every CUBU coach as a party to what happened to her.

@NVSL VET you are exactly right. Ms. Currin is either not prepared or not the brightest bulb in the box. That comment she made was not accurate and a total cheap shot. Her lawyer clearly has his own objective, but Ms. Currin sounds like a dejected lover.


I figured I’d see that somewhere in there (about suing). It would obviously be a possibility depending on the contractual obligations of the NDA, and repercussions for dealing in bad faith. Via CUBUSwimmer “Just this fact alone tells me they would have been shredded in a criminal case. How can you believe this man is dangerous and criminal and still allow you daughter to swim with him?” I don’t have children yet, so I can’t really comment as to what position I’d find myself in. I do know that potential Olympian or not, if I had a daughter I would find somewhere else for her to train or another coach for her. I would not keep her on the same… Read more »


I’m not making this seem like what happened any less worse, but what bothers me about Ms. Currin is the fact she has done all of these media interviews but when USA Swimming wanted to speak with her Attorney came out and ask “…USA Swimming to protect the victim from further abuse by having her recall in detail a painful chapter in her life.”

I don’t understand, why is she still relieving it with Media outlets but not USA Swimming?


I was wondering the same thing…


Her attorney has an interest in not allowing Ms. Currin to participate in the USA Swimming hearing process. If she does, and through her testimony, Mr. Curl is easily banned, the attorney has to own that the USA Swimming process works — which he has firmly and adamantly denied for three years now. If she does not participate, and USA Swimming is not able to ban Mr. Curl – which is considerable more difficiult without the account of the victim – he can continue his venomous rhetoric about how USA Swimming fosters pedophiles. He has no actual interest in protecting his client as a sex abuse victim and every interest in using her to continue his vendetta against USA Swimming.


And in the process he may get a settlement from USA Swimming.


Yup. I hope the record reflects that Allard is not doing this for anyone’s sake but his own and to further his own record. He is pursuing this for the wrong reasons – hoping it can get him nominated for another “California Lawyer of the Year” (of which is highly debatable, I know of many other more worthy attorneys that I could vouch for).

Basically, if’s proven that the new process USA Swimming implemented several years ago does a good job, Allard has lost his cash cow.


Thanks, SWIMMER4EVER. I didn’t think of it like that. Make sense now!

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