CW Coach Kelton Graham Fired for Soliciting Prostitution in Omaha

Club Wolverine‘s head coach Kelton Graham was fired today after being arrested on the suspicion of soliciting prostitution while in Omaha, Nebraska for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to one day in jail.

Graham was arrested about 10:40 pm at the AmericInn Hotel and Suites near the CenturyLink Center during an Omaha Police Department sting operation.

A total of 11 people are behind bars after the sting.

Omaha City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse told KMTV Action 3 News that operations like this won’t be tolerated in the city during the Trials.

“Part of it is to send a message that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated from people coming into town from Omaha for the swim trials or for the colleges World Series,” Kuhse said.

Graham took over as the head coach of Club Wolverine in 2011. He has been with the club for a total of ten years.

A message went out the the team earlier tonight saying that he had violated his contract terms and been terminated.

USA Swimming has told KMTV Action 3 News that they will follow their disciplinary process because of the arrest.

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Kelton is the single best person I know, in or out of the swimming community. This is shocking, but I know Kelton does not have a bad bone in his body. Kelton has impacted the lives of every single swimmer in such a positive manner. While this news is deeply troubling, it does not exemplify his personality or character. Those who know him will agree.


We like to get caught up in the binary view people are good or bad.
The fact is sometimes good people make mistakes.
Obviously this behavior is unbecoming of a role model, but I also have a hard time believing that this should be illegal.


Absolutely agreed. It should be legalized if nothing else for the fact that it will protect the women by increasing regulation.


I’m sorry, but this wasn’t a “mistake”. A mistake is calling someone by the wrong name or making an assumption about someone before you have all the facts. Soliciting a prostitute, which currently is illegal, is a bad decision made consciously. I’m not going to argue about whether or not prostitution should be illegal, but to assume he’s a “good person” who made a “mistake” perpetuates the problems we have in society (i.e. Rape culture).


THOSE WITHOUT SIN THROW THE FIRST STONE. Based on your responses, it is clear that most of you do not know Kelton very well or at all. Without knowing all the details, I think there was some sort of mix up or perhaps even a setup (I realize he plead guilty). I have known Kelton since he was 12 years of age and for the almost thirty years that I have known him he has always been a complete and total “Swim Nerd”. As a young man, he was not interested in fashion, hanging out, or dating. Kelton ate, drank, and slept swimming. He was this way, not because people pressured him, but only because he truly LOVES swimming. If… Read more »

Layne Staley

That’s what people said about OJ but we all know he did it.


I’m sure the guy feels terrible. His professional and personal life has just imploded. That’s more than enough of a punishment. I’m sure that he is deeply remorseful, and we should just accept that and not condem him anymore than he has already been.


So trying to solicit a prostitute should not hurt his character? Yeah, ok……

Purple Rain 99

Wont hurt his character, just your perception of his character


Human traffickers flock to major sporting events so no matter how good the person is otherwise, I think arrests and punishments are appropriate.


If it were legal there would be no market for human trafficking


Not saying right or wrong or any moral judgement on a person or culture.

But here’s a little perspective to think about.

In many cities both across Europe and around the World — this is just another night out on the town that no one would have commented on — definitely not be talking about banning for life. Violate an international travel team’s code of conduct elsewhere? Probably. Sent home and reprimanded for bad judgement (if anyone even found out!)…probably. Kept off a couple of teams in the future? Maybe. Banned for life? Doubtful.
If this meet was in Amsterdam…I wonder how many meet people you would run into…..things that make you go hmmmmm…..


Neb rasa ain’t Europe!! Irreverent comment!


Wow, these trials are wild!


for clarity Kelton was the head age group coach and had nothing to do with the elite group. i agree that this is out of character for him. pleas pray for him and his family..

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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