Former Ohio State head swimming & diving coach and ASCA CEO Bill Wadley has been diagnosed with an “aggressive form of pancreatic cancer,” the CSCAA revealed in its email newsletter on Monday.
Wadley retired from Ohio State after the 2016-2017 season, ending a 28-year run leading the program. In those 28 years, Wadley coached 16 Olympians, 30 Big Ten Champions, and was named the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He never had a losing record in dual meets, with an overall 253-42 record.
When Waldey left Ohio State, he didn’t leave coaching – less than a year after announcing his retirement from the Buckeyes, he was announced as the Director of the Youth Swim Program for the Des Moines YMCA in Iowa.
In 2020, he was announced as the new CEO of the American Swimming Coaches’ Association (ASCA). That position was short-lived though: he began officially on October 15, 2020 and resigned on January 13, 2021 after a vote of ‘no confidence’ by the organization’s board of directors.
That vote came after it came to light that an unarmed Black man was shot and killed by police at a home that Wadley owned. That incident brought to a history of several police reports filed from calls made by a woman, not Wadley’s wife, who lived at the house alleging domestic abuse.
The newsletter from the CCSCA, a trade group that represents college swim coaches, says that “he could use the support of his coaching peers,” and includes a phone number to contact him at.