Ex-Kentucky Coach Lars Jorgensen Given SafeSport Restrictions Over Misconduct Allegations

by Riley Overend 28

November 27th, 2023 College, News, SEC

Five months after resigning as head coach at the University of Kentucky, Lars Jorgensen‘s name has appeared in the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s disciplinary database for unspecified allegations of misconduct.

Jorgensen was given temporary restrictions on Nov. 14 including “no unsupervised coaching/training, contact/communication limitation(s),” and “no contact directive(s).”

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SwimSwam made an open records request for any documents related to investigations into Jorgensen earlier this year. Kentucky’s response revealed details about his previous NCAA compliance rules violations last year that resulted in a weeklong suspension, but no insight into this year’s investigation that resulted in his paid leave on May 1. One week after SwimSwam reported on that paid leave in June, Jorgensen resigned following more than a decade in Lexington.

Kentucky reached a $75,000 settlement with Jorgensen in their separation agreement, significantly less than the $402,500 left on his contract through the 2024-25 season. His legal counsel told SwimSwam on Sunday that the allegations that landed him in SafeSport’s disciplinary database are “completely baseless.”

“[Jorgensen] did absolutely nothing wrong,” said Greg Anderson of AndersonGlenn LLP, a former Duke swimmer who has represented USA Swimming in the past. “We conducted an in-depth investigation. If you look at our history of representing the top coaches in the country, before we take a case, we will do our own internal investigation, which we did here.

“We have a settlement with the University, which I’m hoping whatever is going on right now is not breaching that settlement,” Anderson added. “I do not believe that continuing on with this investigation is doing any good for anyone. I think when the facts come out here, there’s going to be egg on a lot of people’s faces — and it’s not going to be me and my client. I found some of the actions really unfortunate here, and not by [Jorgensen].”

Before Jorgensen arrived at Kentucky in 2013, he coached at the University of Toledo from 2004-10. In 2014, a former Toledo softball coach accused Jorgensen of having a long-term romance with a swimmer, hiring her as an assistant coach, and ultimately promoting her to head coach in a Title IX lawsuit where he was one of three examples of male head coaches and administrators who “committed much more egregious offenses” without being fired.

Former Princeton head coach Bret Lundgaard was hired as Jorgensen’s replacement in July.

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B1Guy!
2 months ago

This is probably his Toledo years FINALLY catching up to him. USA swimming’s a little slow

YGBSM
2 months ago

“His legal counsel told SwimSwam that the allegations are completely baseless” and “Lars did absolutely nothing wrong”. Well, there we have it. Case closed. Because paid advocates / lawyers are always objective and truthful.

Come on.

Popeye
2 months ago

I think we should all love and pay homage to Lars Jorgensen. After all, he did the unthinkable and led the women to an SEC team title. Drop the Safesport BS & build him a statue next to the pool entrance! He didn’t do anything wrong!

This Guy
Reply to  Popeye
2 months ago

You can be both 1) A coach who led a team to a championship and 2) a POS

These are not exclusive things

Observing
Reply to  This Guy
2 months ago

What this guy said, also being 1 does not excuse 2

Meathead
2 months ago

Would love to know what happened. Did he throw a kick board at a kid for goofing off (if so, I’d send my kid to swim for him) or was he being a creeper (no go on that one)

Howie
Reply to  Meathead
2 months ago

Fired (option to resign) at a D1 SEC school and a follow up with safesport…for a kickboard and a goof off episode? Did you say creeper? According to his 4th fastest 200 freestyler in 1978 lawyer neither could possibly be the issue for Saint Jorgensen. Nothing to see here. Just a misunderstanding. Carry on everyone.

samulih
Reply to  Howie
2 months ago

Kipp kicked bottle and is a pariah in sport now….

fifth year, hanging on for dear life
2 months ago

Everything else aside, kind of a cool connection that his lawyer was the captain of Duke’s team back in the day. Nice to see swimmers making it out in the wild

Howie

And you gotta love the confidence of a lawyer that just stepped on the Lars landmine. Expensive days ahead. Greg’s getting PAID!

Jon
2 months ago

20 years ago a head coach of another SEC team was referring to an attractive female teammate. “I’ve got 40% scholarship in each cheek!”

Xman
2 months ago

What did he do

Swim parent
2 months ago

He was publicly supported by his current and former swimmers when he was suspended and none of them came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior. Lars is a good coach and person.

CanSwim13
Reply to  Swim parent
2 months ago

Those former swimmers include Riley Gaines. Not sure how much stock I’d put into her word

WildCat
Reply to  CanSwim13
2 months ago

Bet they’re dating 😂

This Guy
Reply to  Swim parent
2 months ago

SafeSport seems to think otherwise.

swimws
Reply to  This Guy
2 months ago

Same Restrictions as Trenton, but he continued on and represented Team USA International while on the SafeSport List… Double Standard.

Howie
Reply to  swimws
2 months ago

There is no standard and no comparison to speak of. When the truth comes out he will be the standard. Buckle up!

swammer2000
Reply to  swimws
2 months ago

If you are speaking of the gymnastic coach. He is permanently ineligible to coach.

chazoozle
Reply to  Swim parent
2 months ago

Seems like you be siding with the wrong person here.

Meathead
Reply to  Swim parent
2 months ago

Very odd nobody is speaking against him

Howie
Reply to  Meathead
2 months ago

Even more odd that NONE, not 1 of his staunch hardcore supporters logs on here with their given name to publicly side with him and fight til the end.

AAA
Reply to  Swim parent
2 months ago

There were numerous comments in the past several articles with personal stories from swimmers. As for publicly supported, it would seem that those posts are gone now.

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Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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