Dick Shoulberg Reinstated at Germantown Academy as CoachEmeritus [Updated]

Legendary coach Dick Shoulberg
has been reinstated as coach emeritus of the Germantown Academy
swim team, according to an announcement that was sent out to
the team and alumni of the team by Head of School Jim Connors on
Monday afternoon.

Dear Swim Families, I promised
when we talked last month that as soon as I was able to give more
definitive information about the status of Coach Shoulberg, the
swimmers and then you, their families, would be the first to
receive it. I met this afternoon with the Varsity Coaches and then
with the coaches and the team. In our meeting, I reviewed the
contents of the attached message and spoke a bit about how this
change would likely play out in the weeks and months to come. This
message comes on the heels of that meeting and the statement is
attached. The message shares that Coach Shoulberg has informed me
that he will officially retire from GA at the close of the 2014-15
school year. Until then, he will remain on and serve the GA
community in the role of Coach Emeritus. Although he will step away
from day-to-day coaching and many administrative duties, he will
participate in the search for a permanent head coach and continue
to be involved with the program and its future. You will begin to
see Coach Shoulberg on campus, beginning after winter break, as he
settles into his new role as Coach Emeritus. We will be circulating
the attached message to the GA Parents today, so some of you will
receive another email. I hope that this information is helpful. All
best wishes for a happy holiday season, Jim Connor Head of

Shoulberg was put on a leave of absence earlier in the fall semester, with Claire Crippen and Chris Lear assuming interim roles over the women’s and men’s teams.

There has been no specific public comment by either Shoulberg or Germantown over the reasons for the leave of absence, though it coincided with allegations of  student hazing by and of members of the team. Shoulberg said in an interview almost two weeks ago that “[he hasn’t] done anything wrong” and that he had “no desire to ever coach anywhere but [Germantown Academy].”

Other than his brief leave, Shoulberg has been the only head coach in the 43-year history of the illustrious Germantown Academy swim program. Crippen and Lear are still listed as the “acting head coaches” on the official Germantown Academy school teams’ sites, and they are expected to continue in those roles during this transitional period.

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7 years ago


7 years ago

Thrilled with the news. GA deserves to have him back, his
swimmers are very lucky to have such a great coach with them every

Katrina Radke
7 years ago

Way to go GA!! Congrats Shoulberg!

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