This past April, Western Kentucky University announced that it had suspended its varsity men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs for 5 years with head coach Bruce Marchionda, associate head coach Brian Thomas, and head diving coach Chelsea Ale all being terminated. The announcement came in the wake of a Title IX investigation into allegations by multiple former swimmers that the team partook in hazing and that the coaching staff knew about it and did nothing to intervene.
Now, one of those former swimmers, Collin Craig, has filed a federal lawsuit against Western Kentucky University, Marchionda, WKU’s Athletic Director, Todd Stewart, as well as two associate athletic directors and 3 former teammates. Craig claims he was ‘physically, mentally and emotionally abused, suffered discrimination on the basis of his sex’ and that the abuse caused him to be ‘unable to enjoy his athletic scholarship.’
In terms of the school’s staff specifically, Craig’s suit alleges negligent hiring by the athletic department and Marchionda, as well as assault, battery, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress against his former squadmates.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of punitive and compensatory damages. The University commented to Bowling Green Daily News that it had not yet seen the lawsuit.