The U.S. Center for SafeSport has banned current Magnolia Aquatic Club coach Michael McCorvy as of April.
The Center for SafeSport is the new governing organization for coaching bans, superseding the USA Swimming banned list. Coaches banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport typically do eventually appear on USA Swimming’s banned list as well, though McCorvy does not yet appear.
Per the Center for SafeSport, McCorvy is permanently ineligible as of April 11, 2018, though the site notes that his ban is subject to appeal and “not yet final.”
We haven’t found any news or reports of a recent arrest or charge brought against McCorvy, but SwimSwam has uncovered 1993 legal documents against McCorvy showing a charge in a sexual abuse case from 1992. The document shows that McCorvy was charged with sexual assault and criminal trespass in relation with a July 10, 1992 incident in which McCorvy allegedly entered a woman’s home in Texas and sexually assaulted her.
McCorvy eventually reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass while the state dropped the sexual assault charge. He was given one year of probation.
A law passed earlier this year established the Center for SafeSport as the exclusive authority in investigating and punishing allegations of sexual abuse in sport, and also gave the Center no statute of limitations on investigations and bans. That means the Center can reopen investigations (or start new investigations) into any complaint of abuse from any time in history. That would allow the Center to ban McCorvy for his 1992 incident. We reached out to the Center for more information as to whether his ban is related to the 1992 incident, but have not yet received a response.
Magnolia Aquatic Club was also the previous employer of Scott MacFarland, who is accused of starting a sexual relationship with a former swimmer in the 1980s, when she was only 17. MacFarland was exonerated by USA Swimming’s National Board of Review after an investigation in 2010, but the Center for SafeSport recently reopened that case. MacFarland resigned from his position at Magnolia and retired from coaching in late April, about a month after we reported about the reopened investigation.
Magnolia Aquatic Club says it took McCorvy off deck when the club was notified of his ban. Magnolia head coach Terry Jones said the case is still under appeal, but that to his knowledge, the ban is connected to something that occurred when McCorvy was a minor and before he was a coach. The club says it is waiting for a final decision from the Center for SafeSport. McCorvy is still listed as a coach on the team website.