Drury’s head swimming & diving coach Brian Reynolds is “stepping back” from his regular duties until the school develops a new anti-hazing policy, according to a report from local ABC affiliate KSPR33.
The move was announced this week after a Reynolds and Drury were implicated in widely-reported hazing allegations. Former Drury swimmer Evan Petrich posted on Facebook and talked to media earlier this month, claiming that he was a victim of hazing by upperclassmen on the team that left him with Conversion Disorder and PTSD that he says effectively ended his swimming career.
Petrich, who was a freshman at Drury in the fall of 2015, wrote this about the alleged hazing activities:
I do not know if I can ever forget the events and activities that I was forced to participate in. Having dodgeballs thrown at my exposed bottom, or being terrified in a cold, dark basement corner surrounded by my drunk classmates who had covered the floor with throw up and urine while punching holes in the wall and ceiling. All I had to protect me was the diaper and shoes that the upper classmen were gracious enough to allow us to keep on. This event is in past. The violent chest rub, the swallowing of a live goldfish while we wore hoods is all in the past. There is nothing that I can do about that horrific event that ended my swimming career.
Petrich also says he reported the hazing to Coach Reynolds, but the Reynolds didn’t address the situation.
The school announced Monday that Reynolds would be “stepping back from his day-to-day duties” until the school develops a new anti-hazing framework that could be used nationally. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Reynolds will help head up a “blue ribbon coalition” that will create a national model for combating hazing.
The KSPR report says there isn’t a time-table for when he’ll return to his regular coaching duties with the Drury swim & dive teams.