NC Swim Coach Jeremy Gregory Given Interim Suspension For SafeSport Allegation

by Annika Johnson 106

July 12th, 2021 Club, National, News

 Mecklenburg Swimming Association’s former national prep coach Jeremy Gregory was issued an interim suspension for “allegations of misconduct” by the U.S. Center for SafeSport on July 6th.

USA Swimming’s list of suspensions confirms the misconduct was a SafeSport violation.

“Coach Jeremy has been terminated effective immediately,” MSA head coach Peter Perers wrote in an email to the team. “Unfortunately there was some behavior that gave us absolutely no choice in the matter.”

Editor’s note: the underline emphasis was used by Perers.

The behavior was not specified, but Peter mentioned it involved a swimmer on the team in the email. 

Gregory had five Olympic Trials qualifiers at the Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg (ATOM) and was named North Carolina Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

He coached there for five years and served as the head senior coach in his last two years there before he was reportedly fired in February 2020.

Gregory then joined MSA in February 2020 as their senior coach and then their National prep coach. 

MSA hired two senior coaches in late June: former SwimMAC head coach Sean Quinn and former LSU head coach Dave Geyer. Quinn was awarded North Carolina Coach of the Year in 2015.

SwimSwam reached out to Gregory via email on Monday, but he has not responded yet.

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Edgar
2 months ago

I seriously have to question MSA here and their decision making. You have a team fire the NC coach of the year 2 years running..obviously there was some major reason but then you think it’s a good idea to hire him??????

Seriously? That was just a petty ploy for him to bring his Atom swimmers to boost their standings against Mac

Any swim club parent should question that kind of leadership.

Remember Me?
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

That’s an odd assertion to make. I would doubt that a team like MSA, the biggest in NC, would risk the safety of its members just to recruit 3-4 kids. If Gregory had known SafeSport issues at ATOM then it sounds like they kicked the can down the road and allowed him to continue his “ways” elsewhere.

Coach
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

That’s also an odd assertion to make. Especially since one would think you’d check with the previous employer to see what the deal was. If you know swimming, you know it’s political. Not every team does their due diligence the way they should, especially when you’re blinded by the possibility of a banner. Edgar is not wrong in raising the accountability flag here.

NC Lurker
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

What’s not sitting right with me, and why I agree somewhat with Edgar, is what is emphasized in the email to SS.

By stating that Jeremy’s alleged actions left the team with ABSOLUTELY no choice in the matter, Peter seems to imply that had there been a choice or enough plausible deniability, Jeremy may not have been let go.

I could be reaching, but the portion of Peter’s email shared in the article does raise questions about his decision-making for me.

Admin
Reply to  NC Lurker
2 months ago

Just so there’s no ambiguity – Peter’s email was not to SwimSwam, it was sent to the membership of the team.

Swimmom
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

Employers are REALLY limited in what they are able to share about a former employee. With no findings yet from SafeSport, and I assume no findings criminally, they would have opened themselves up to tremendous liability by telling them much of anything.

Wrong
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

MSA is just simply not the biggest team in NC

NC Fan
Reply to  Wrong
2 months ago

@Wrong, @RememberMe is a actually correct that MSA has the most registered swimmers in NC. MSA then MAC, TAC, MOR, YOTA.

Edgar
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

Not sure why he was fired from Atom but swimswam states he was fired. Whatever the reason it must have been a serious one for Atom to fire someone who had the success he had.

Charlotte swimming isn’t that big. No way MSA didn’t have some idea why he was fired as people talk. I’m sure they talked to Atom as well. Just a coincidence all the atom Olympic trial qualifiers went to MSA? I think not. MSA decided to gamble given the boost in national spotlight it would give them. They lost that bet. Hopefully that decision didn’t affect a young swimmer

NCSwimFan
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

I believe Teresa Ivan switched from MSA to ATOM to swim with Jeremy, then back to MSA when Jeremy moved there as well.

Remember Me?
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

Assuming that there were rumors, and that they should be the measuring stick for hiring or firing someone, just isn’t the way. It sounds like you’re more interested in having an opportunity to harangue MSA than seeing Gregory held accountable

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

It’s an accusation. Nothing has been proven. The right steps have been taken.

Buttercup
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

According to a few swimmers at MSA, Jeremy was fired from ATOM due to the profound language he was using towards his swimmers.

Kevin C.
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

The ATOM head coach called MSA to warn them about Gregory’s behavior. MSA never return the phone call. This was reported today in the Charlotte Observer.

Caeleb’s left suit string
Reply to  Kevin C.
2 months ago

Yup, here’s the direct quote: “Jerrell, however, contacted Perers when she received word that Gregory was potentially going to be hired at MSA. Jerrell told The Observer that Perers did not seek a reference or return her communication for more information on why Gregory had been let go.”

And here’s the full article: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.charlotteobserver.com/sports/article252762268.html

Dear Lord that’s disgusting, why in the world they didn’t follow up on this is beyond ridiculous

Remember Me?
Reply to  Kevin C.
2 months ago

So which is it? MSA was warned multiple times by Shaynah, or MSA and Shaynah never had a conversation? Shocking news that two competing clubs aren’t communicating, especially when everyone knows how much disdain Shaynah has for MSA.

Article also states that evidence to support an ATOM SafeSport claim didn’t come out until well after Gregory was hired

Mikey
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

what happen at ATOM and MSA were two separate cases. MSA reached out to others to understand the situation coach J was terminated for and as a result took measures to prevent such behavior from occurring MSA. Fortunately ATOM situation has not repeated itself at MSA however, Jeremy engaged in other terminable behavior that left Peter no other choice.

Joe
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

she wanted to spill whatever bad there was on coach so that she didn’t lose other swimmers from that group. ultimately most left one by one as she was not able to provide same coaching talent.

Sailfished
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

@Joe – are you suggesting that Shaynah manufactured or over reported information to Safe Sport in order weaponize it to run a coach off her team and try to retain her swimmers???

Joe
Reply to  Sailfished
2 months ago

you need to ask her. but when you have most of the group leaving almost immediately, and joining MSA things could not have been as bad as they were being portrayed by ATOM.

Edgar
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/article252762268.html

Amazing. Atom coach even tried to reach out to MSA and he wouldn’t respond. Wow MSA

MarkB
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

Wow. Not a good look for the MSA coach.

Mikey
Reply to  Edgar
2 months ago

because MSA had information from other sources to evaluate Jeremy

Ear Wagle!
Reply to  Mikey
2 months ago

Sources that had an interest in passing along a bad penny?

Carter
2 months ago

Edgar,
I would question the leadership at Swim Mac the last many years (Board & coach hires) way before I would question MSA at all. Coach Jeremy was a mistake but owner Peter has handled the situation and team incredibly well. Peter has literally built MSA into a premier swim club from scratch. Sounds like someone is just mad that coaches like Sean would rather coach at MSA instead of Swim Mac. Probably also frustrated that MSA is producing some faster kids lately and are giving Mac some nice competition these days.

Breezeway
Reply to  Carter
2 months ago

What does SwimMAC have to do with a fired ATOM/hired MSA coach being suspended/fired for a USA Swimming safesport violation with a minor? I know SwimMAC has its own issues but this ain’t it.

Coach
Reply to  Carter
2 months ago

You can’t applaud somebody for handling something incredibly well AFTER the fact when a simple phone call could have avoided putting his team in this position in the first place. His email to the team says it all “Unfortunately there was some behavior that gave us absolutely no choice in the matter.” What other way did he have to handle it at that point?

Remember Me?
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

So objectively speaking, if Coach Shaynah knew of behavior that put athletes at risk why did she not follow the proper steps to ensure safety? If the behavior did not rise to that level then what did she have to say that would stop someone else from employing Gregory? You seem to know a lot about who did or did not call who so I’m looking for your insight..

CLT
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

MSA knew. Coach Shaynah followed all the appropriate steps.

Swimmerswammer
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

Everyone in Charlotte knew the story and Peter hired him anyway to get those Olympic trial swimmers over to MSA. Not even a secret he did the same with Mark Dell!

Sameoldstuff
Reply to  Swimmerswammer
2 months ago

What is the statute of limitations on this stuff? Mark Dell threatened not to take the daughter of our friends to junior nationals if she didn’t leave with him to a new team (the one before MSA) It backfired and she ended up coming to SwimMAC instead. It was pretty traumatic for her but there wasn’t a easy way to report back then. It seems to be a recurring theme.

Edgar
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

Wow, if this is true, which I did not know, I am even more disturbed by MSA and their leadership. Shocking to hire him.

And SwimMAC has nothing to do with this. Too bad they are such a mess. If they had the program they used to have I think you’d see a lot of MSA swimmers leaving at this point if these facts are true. But Mac is a mess so why would you go there? Man Charlotte swimming is a disaster

Thoughtandswam
Reply to  Carter
2 months ago

Carter everyone in charlotte knew about Jeremy and why he was fired at ATOM. Peter hired him only to get fast swimmers out of ATOM to raise MSA’s profile in NC swimming. What does Swim MAC have to do with this anyway? Sean Quinn was being replaced by a “big name coach” which turnout to fail. He took the only job available in Charlotte in order to smooth over the Jeremy debacle with MSA parents.

Pirate
Reply to  Thoughtandswam
2 months ago

What was the reason he was fired at ATOM?

MarkB
Reply to  Pirate
2 months ago

See above link to newspaper article.

Guerra
2 months ago

When are Richard Shoulberg and Murray Stephens going to be added to this list? Just because they were on the USA Swimming Board doesn’t mean they shouldn’t join their buddies, Rick Curl, Mitch Ivey and Joe Bernal, on the banned list.

Guerra
Reply to  Guerra
2 months ago

What’s wrong with people that a man like this can commit and be fired for “a reason and never should have coached again” and be hired again by another club? Did ATOM just “take out the trash” and pass it on to MSA or did MSA just see potential good swimmers coming to their program and not do their due diligence?

Rembeo
Reply to  Guerra
2 months ago

Out of curiosity, what did Shoulberg and Murray do to warrant a ban?

Guerra
Reply to  Rembeo
2 months ago

I have access to the discovery, including sworn depositions, from the Richard Shoulberg case. It is absolutely chilling and this man has no business coaching. Unfortunately, Germantown Academy, was forced into a position where they tried to appease him and his cult followers and settled with the victims to avoid further embarrassment from Shoulberg’s abusive actions. I won’t share that information without the victims’ permission. However, this link just touches the surface of the scandal and IMO is enough to warrant a ban from Safesport. http://chrisdcoach.com/blog/2018/10/25/dick-shoulberg-is-no-legend

Cross Over Hurricane
Reply to  Guerra
2 months ago

The guys that writes that chrisdcoach blog is a liar and a coward. His blog has been denounced by so many people. He plays loose with facts and sensationalizes almost everything he writes, not to mention he slanders innocent people who call him out. The guy is not a credible source of information in the swimming world. He’s the Michael Avenatti of swimming. Creepy porn lawyer masquerading as a “journalist”. He slandered Gary Hall Jr for no reason. The guy is a terrible person.

Guerra
Reply to  Cross Over Hurricane
2 months ago

I don’t know Chris personally. So I don’t have an opinion about him one way or another. While the thing with Gary Hall Jr. was somewhat petty and a stretch, he’s right on the money with Shoulberg based on the court documents, discovery and depositions. The fact of the matter is that Chris just scratched the surface of Shoulberg’s abusive behavior. There is a lot more to this story, including the USA Swimming coverup and Shoulberg’s sordid history of abuse, that hasn’t been reported on.

Erik
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
2 months ago

1. This is libel 2. If that’s true, where is the lawsuit? Would appreciate an update by swimswam.

Guerra
Reply to  Erik
2 months ago

There ain’t gonna be a lawsuit and Chris knows it, I know it and so does Dick Shoulberg. The little that Chris wrote about the Shoulberg scandal is all true and, like I said in earlier posts, it just scratches the surface. There is a lot more and much of it is chilling. Shoulberg has no business coaching athletes after what he did and encouraged in his program. He should be very thankful he wasn’t banned for life.

Erik
Reply to  Guerra
2 months ago

Guerra, I’m not disagreeing with anything you’re saying.. I’m talking at macgyver and hurricane, not you.

Guerra
Reply to  Erik
2 months ago

I got you. Thanks!

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Erik
2 months ago

Lol

Guerra
2 months ago

Joel Elber, the Head Coach of Lawrence Swim Team, in the Indianapolis, Indiana was quietly banned by Safesport in the Spring. He also coached at Southeastern Swim Club in Fishers and coached the Indiana Zone team. Apparently, the families in the programs and on the Zone teams haven’t been contacted about this.

Catfish
Reply to  Guerra
2 months ago

Who is Guerra???

Cross Over Hurricane
Reply to  Catfish
2 months ago

The blog article he linked above will tell you who it is.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Cross Over Hurricane
2 months ago

Agreed, this is more of a gossip column.

Bob
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Why was Joel Elber banned from Safesport?

Observer
2 months ago

In another page. I said that Jeremy just doesn’t mesh well with head coaches and that he should just get should just get chance to coach. I’m just going to go ahead and retract that. I clearly don’t know what’s going on. I heard that he was fired from Atom for misconduct but I don’t know what that means. it seems like he was given another chance but used that one up too. Bummer.

Swimmer
2 months ago

As someone who swam for Jeremy for over 6 years and knows exactly who he is I can positively say that he was fired from Atom for serious reasons and never should have been given the opportunity to coach again. MSA knew who he was and put kids at risk.

The Chrimson Chin
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

If you knew what was going on why didn’t you move teams? You had Mac on the outter city limits and an NCAA champion coach on Team Charlottes downtown location. Was something happening for a while or was a serious single incident?

CLT
Reply to  The Chrimson Chin
2 months ago

Please don’t accuse victims. Too often people in these situations don’t know it’s abuse until they are out.

The Chrimson Chin
Reply to  CLT
2 months ago

My question was not to victim blame but to ask if this was a long standing habit he had or if what he got fired for was a single incidence.

If poor choices was a habit than the Atom Head Coach should have known about it and could have worked with him on his behavior or at least worked with the athletes to make sure they didn’t get treated like they were getting treated. If nobody made a fuss when he was on Atom it could be due to the fact that he acted just like the other coaches acted and rhe circumstance that he got fired for was just one step too far out of bounds for Atoms… Read more »

Blame the victim
Reply to  The Chrimson Chin
2 months ago

Question the victim much?

Murphy
2 months ago

Charlotte club swimming is the new Days of Our Lives.

SwimParent
2 months ago

e only person at fault here is Jeremy. And now he has to deal with the consequences of his action.

Last edited 2 months ago by SwimParent
SwimmerSwammer
Reply to  SwimParent
2 months ago

really the only person at fault is Jeremy??? Peter knew the score and hired someone with a bad history just to get more fast swimmers PERIOD!