The former Gannon University head swimming coach has been disciplined and told that his behavior has been “unethical” by the NCAA. The coach’s name has been left out of the documents pertaining to the case, but Nathan Walters was the head coach of the program at the time of the incident. Former assistant Darren Suroviec is currently listed as the program’s head coach (having had an earlier interim tag removed), and the team only currently has two coaches listed on their roster, as compared to the usual 3.
Walters’name mysteriously disappeared from the team’s roster in September, 2015 and he was placed on a “leave of absence” by the school without explanation.
The men’s head coach provided $3,000 in extra financial aid to a swimmer on the team, according to a decision issued by the Division II Committee on Infractions. The extra aid was agreed to in August, 2015 and reported to Gannon administration by an assistant coach later that month.
In order to get the money to the swimmer on the men’s team, the coach increased a scholarship for a women’s team member by $4,000 and told her parents to write a $3,000 check to the male swimmer. The assistant swimming coach at the time was the one who informed the committee of this possible violation, and the institution launched an investigation prior to the NCAA involvement.
The case was resolved using the summary disposition process, which is a cooperative effort where all the parties involved collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions. Then, the individuals, university, and NCAA enforcement staff must agree upon the facts of the case in order for the process to be utilized over the traditional hearing.
The penalties against the coach include public reprimand and censure, and a three year show-cause order from the April 28, 2016 until April 27, 2019. If he becomes employed by an NCAA school during that period, he and the school must come before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the coach should have limited athletic duties.