John Sfire Banned for Life by USA Swimming

Former Rochester Swim Club Orcas coach John Sfire has been added to the USA Swimming banned for life list. Specifically, he was banned for violating USA Swimming‘s code of conduct articles 450.1 of the 1985 Code of Conduct and 401.1 of the Code of Conduct in effect from 1995-1998.

This is not the first time that he has been found in violation of USA Swimming‘s code of conduct– in 2002 Sfire was banned for 1 year for acts of fraud, deception, and manipulation (code of conduct section 304.3). According to court records both Sfire and another Rochester Swim Club coach were attempting to force members out of Rochester Swim Club and to eliminate certain Board Members who had questioned Sfire’s conduct and methods.

In addition, the Rochester Swim Club Orcas were fined by USA Swimming in 2003 for falsifying times. In connection to the incident Sfire was fined and given a 6 month ban.

In 2010 the Post Bulletin, Rochester MN reported that the longtime Rochester Swim Club coach resigned.

No details are available regarding the specifics behind Sfire’s lifetime ban. However, we have included violated code of conduct articles below.

401.1 GENERAL (1995-1998) — As hereinafter set forth, the USS may censure, suspend for a definite or indefinite period of time with or without terms of probation, fine or expel any members of USS, including any athlete, coach, manager, official, member of any committee, or any person participating in any capacity whatsoever in the affairs of USS, who has violated any of its rules or regulations, or who aids, abets, and encourages another to violate any of its rules or regulations, or who has acted in a manner which brings disrepute upon USS or upon the sport of swimming. USS may also conduct hearings on any matter affecting USS as the national governing body for swimming.

450.1 GENERAL (1985) — As herein set forth, the Corporation may censure, suspend for a definite or indefinite period of time with or without terms of probation, or expel any member of the Corporation, including any athlete, coach, manager, official, member of any committee, or any person participating in any capacity whatsoever in the affairs of the Corporation, who has violated any of its rules or regulations, or who has acted in a manner which brings disrepute upon the Corporation or upon the sport of swimming. The Corporation may also conduct hearings on any matter affecting the Corporation as the national governing body for swimming.

 

 

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John Bradley

Glad he’s gone. Good riddance – we’ve been moving forward since 2010 and when this was completed 6 months ago it it provided closure for our team and an opportunity to become a great team again. It was a lot of work to complete but thanks to many in our community and good work by USA Swimming and Minnesota Swimming the club is in a great place. The Rochester Swim Club is hosting the Central Zone meet this weekend – check out our live webcast of the meet at http://www.visionarydisplay.net!

This was only finalized 6 months ago. Good for your JB and the rest of the ORCAS for loving forward!

Billy Howard

I’m so happy this is now firmly in the rear view mirror, and so excited that the community of Rochester will finally be back to one Club Team that can strive for excellent at the State and National Level. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen. Too many to name here, but you know who you are.

Erik Collins

Good. To call this guy “lower than a bucket of whale pooh at the bottom of the ocean,” is an insult to buckets of whale pooh at the bottom of the ocean.

I’ve always been partial to the phrase “walk under an alligator with their hat still on” – from the sounds of it, this guy fits the bill.

One correction, it was not another coach that was suspended along with Sfire; it was the then club president. It was his actions that caused me to leave the staff and it was the amount of families appalled by his actions and past behavior that encouraged me to start a second team in town, Med-City Aquatics. The best part of creating that opportunity was the flood of swimmers coming to us that had quit club swimming because of his abusive style. While I’ve be out of coaching for 13 years, I am glad that programs are merging back this fall and I hope the new club is the positive Rochester Swim Club experience like when I was member back in… Read more »
Just Keep Swimming

OK wow. I just read that website. WOW. That’s all I can say. So, after the rulings and ban in 2002 he came back and was still coaching for the Orcas? I find this very fascinating and so incredibly deceitful. Is his current ban related to what happened then or is this a new offense?

Steve Knight

There were many other worse issues not shown in these documents that were in play. Both in Rochester and Michigan.

I swam for a rival club to the one he coached in Michigan in the 80’s. Even then we were shocked that some of his transgressions didn’t get him removed from his head coaching position.

Sfire was banned because of Sexual Misconduct offenses. See article: (USA Swimming spokesperson confirms) http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/former-swim-coach-banned-for-life/article_4726ab30-5d23-5666-9eb8-5cfa5c8f1d13.html It took (17) “SEVENTEEN” years to get Sfire onto the “Banned for Life List” I should not have taken this long. Just wish we could have gotten Sfire charged so he would have to register as a sex offender. But in each an every case, Sfire slithered to another LSC to start his predatory grooming process all over again. In Minnesota you messed with a couple of determined Parents who would not let you slipOh and your Em through the cracks any longer. A Marine and a Navy Dad! We know how to complete a mission! Oh BTW John! Your primary Enabler EY is gone… Read more »
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