Former Eden Township, New York Swim Coach Banned for Life by USA Swimming

Glenn Christopher Nellis, a former swim coach of the Eden Dolphins Swim Team in the Town of Eden, New York, has been banned for life by USA Swimming. His official ban date is April 15, 2015.

Nellis was arrested in February, being charged with a class D felony of promoting sexual performance by a child. He has been accused of sending elicit pictures of a 16-year old girl from his cell phone, as well as allegedly sending an explicit picture of himself to the same 16-year old girl.

The 41-year old Nellis is no longer listed as a coach of the Eden Dolphins, who actually list no current coaches on their website.

The team sometimes practiced at Eden  High School. His father, Glenn R. Nellis, is the Supervisor of the Eden Town Board, which makes him the Chief Executive Officer and head of the town’s executive branch of government. Eden had a population of 7,688 as of the 2010 census, and is located just south of Buffalo.

Nellis was banned under the same three statutes as another coach added to the public banned list by USA Swimming this week.


Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present, or the existence of any pending charges, for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution or intent to distribute illegal drugs or substances, (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct, or (iv) any criminal offense against a minor.


A.  Any inappropriate sexual conduct or advance, or other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature at any time, past or present, directed towards an athlete or any person under the age of eighteen (18) by (i) a coach member or other non-athlete member, or (ii) any other adult participating in any capacity whatsoever in the activities of USA Swimming (whether such adult is a member or not).

B.  Any act of sexual harassment, including without limitation unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature in connection with or incidental to a USA Swimming-related activity by any person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming (whether such person is a member or not) directed toward any member or other person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming.

C.  A romantic or sexual relationship, even if it is a consensual relationship between adults, which began during the swimming relationship, between athletes and those individuals (i) having direct

supervisory or evaluative control, or (ii) who are in a position of power and trust over the athlete. Except in circumstances where no imbalance of power exists, coaches have this direct supervisory or evaluative control and are in a position of power and trust over those athletes they coach. The prohibition on romantic or sexual relationships does not include those relationships where it

can be demonstrated that there is no imbalance of power. For example, this prohibition does not apply to a relationship between two spouses or life partners which existed prior to the swimming relationship. For factors that may be relevant to determining whether an imbalance of power exists, consult the USOC’s Safe Sport Policies at

D.  Any peer-to-peer sexual abuse. For the purposes of the Code of Conduct, the term “peer-to-peer sexual abuse” shall mean any unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards a minor athlete by another minor athlete.


Any other material and intentional act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.


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Art Winters
7 years ago

Is he vacating a job that is available now? I am probably much over qualified, but you just might be lucky enough to have my interest. Please let me know soon. Coaches who have worked with Olympians don’t come around too often, and I won’t be on the market long.
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Reply to  Art Winters
7 years ago

This is one of my favorite comments ever on the site. It is a shame this comment will probably go unnoticed by most people

Reply to  ChestRockwell
7 years ago

It doesn’t matter if your name is Phil Jackson, Greg Popovich, or Eddie Reese, companies do not want to hire someone who doesn’t follow the hiring process. Talking big about yourself and asking them to contact you in a post is probably the reason why you haven’t been hired or even contacted by any of these swim teams.

I recommend following the hiring process these teams take the time to spell out for you, if you feel you should be hired. Best of luck getting off the market.

Reply to  ChestRockwell
7 years ago

I click on all the job links hoping Art has commented.

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