Today during the USA Swimming house of delegates meeting, Jim Sheehan was voted in to be named the USA Swimming President of the Board of Directors.
Not only were multiple members elected on the board, but USA Swimming discussed some important issue such as the proposed Safe Sport program which complies with the Victor Vieth report which has now been approved. Safe Sport is a program that’s been put in place in order to protect USA Swimming athletes.
Another topic up for discussion was the creating of a new championship meet between the Speedo Championship Series and the Speedo Junior Nationals Championships. The focal point of this new meet is to accommodate he large influx of 13&over swimmers, as they’ve increased by a remarkable 40% in numbers since 2003.
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Jim Sheehan Elected USA Swimming President of Board of Directors
House of Delegates passes proposed Safe Sport legislation, addition of Futures events
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – During the USA Swimming House of Delegates meeting today, Jim Sheehan won an election to become USA Swimming President of the Board of Directors, replacing outgoing two-term USA Swimming President Bruce Stratton. Sheehan’s two-year term begins immediately.
“I would like to thank our USA Swimming membership for allowing me to serve the amazing people involved in the greatest sport in the Olympic movement,” said Sheehan. “It’s been an honor to participate in the governance of our sport and I look forward to working with athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff to take this great organization into the future.”
A resident of Metuchen, New Jersey, Sheehan has served as Program Operations Vice President since 2010, following a four-year tenure as Officials Committee Chair. Sheehan has assisted his local New Jersey Swimming Board of Directors since 1992, first as Records Chair then a Board of Directors member. The longtime USA Swimming official has worked at the highest level of domestic and international competition such as the last four Olympic Trials – Swimming, Olympic Games, Phillips 66 Nationals, FINA World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships and Goodwill Games. Sheehan, a Rutgers University graduate, recently retired as Vice President from the Marsh & McLennan Companies after a 40-year professional career.
“USA Swimming has a legacy of incredibly talented volunteer presidents who have moved our sport forward with their focus on governance issues, policies and the general direction of the sport,” said USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus. “Jim has a deep-rooted commitment to swimming and his experiences will help us continue to reach record membership levels, promote our sport and achieve competitive success.”
A full list of elected officers, with LSC affiliation:
- President: Jim Sheehan (New Jersey)
- Administration Vice President: Robert Broyles (Inland Empire)
- Program Development Vice President: John Bitter (Pacific)
- Program Operations Vice President: Dan McAllen (North Texas)
- Technical Vice President: Tim Bauer (Gulf)
- Athlete Executive Vice President: Kelley Otto (Indiana)
- Athlete Executive Vice Chair: Michael Klueh (Michigan)
- Treasurer: Stu Hixon (Georgia) *
- Eastern Zone Director (coach): Ed Dellert (New Jersey) *
- Southern Zone Director (non-coach): Clark Hammond (Southeastern)
- Central Zone Director (non-coach): Amy Hoppenrath (Missouri Valley)
- Western Zone Director (coach): Ben Britten (Central California) *
USA Swimming’s membership body voted to approve multiple areas of legislation at the House of Delegates meeting at the annual United States Aquatic Sports Convention. Key Legislation Approved by the House of Delegates:
- Addition of the Futures Championship events starting in 2015, which creates a championship event between the existing Speedo Champions Series (also known as Sectionals) and the Speedo Junior National Championships. This “stepping stone” meet was created to fill a void to compensate for a 40 percent increase in the number of 13 & over athletes since 2003.
- All proposed Safe Sport program items proposed passed to comply with the Victor Vieth report including:
o There will be a prohibition against retaliating against an individual who makes a good faith report
o To provide greater protection from retaliation for members who report by adopting a “rebuttable presumption of retaliation”
o Clarified the scope and charge of the coaches’ panel to whether the conduct is outside the customary and acceptable bounds of coaching
- Deck changing is prohibited, as proposed by athlete representatives
- Removal of the Olympic International Operations Committee from the rule book
A complete list of the adopted legislation/resolution will be available on USASwimming.org.
* designates re-elected officer