Tim O’Brien, the winner of USA Swimming’s Developmental Coach of the Year award last year, is no longer a part of the Nitro Swimming program, according to the club.
Nitro head coach Mike Koleber confirmed to SwimSwam that O’Brien was no longer on staff with the club due to an “incident” that allegedly occurred in the past but apparently resurfaced this year.
Koleber’s full statement:
I have no details other than what USA Swimming can provide, over an incident that allegedly took place years ago that recently resurfaced. I know nothing more. He is no longer connected with our program. We’re fortunate to have Elliott McGill already a part of our staff, and he’s taking the lead role of our National kids.
SwimSwam reached out to USA Swimming for comment, but USA Swimming said it’s policy is not to comment on any situations. O’Brien is currently not listed on USA Swimming’s List of Individuals Suspended or Ineligible, not appearing on the list of permanently banned or temporarily banned coaches.
One parent of a Nitro swimmer, however, says that they were told tonight that O’Brien had been banned for life by USA Swimming and would not appeal
The Texas-based Nitro Swimming program has been one of the nation’s top youth clubs, with O’Brien winning the Developmental Coach of the Year award in the summer of 2015.
Nitro coach Koleber said the team would be moving Elliott McGill into the lead role in coaching Nitro’s national-level swimmers in O’Brien’s absence.