Shannon Foster, a swim coach in North Carolina, has been added to USA Swimming’s banned list after police say she knew fellow coach Nathan Weddle was sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
Foster was a coach at Capital Area Swim Team as well as the Oak City Rays in Raleigh, NC. At Capital Area Swim Team, she coached alongside Weddle, and the two were romantically involved. The 43-year-old Weddle was arrested in late 2017 and accused of having sex with an underage swimmer. He was added to USA Swimming’s banned list starting on January 24.
Foster, 44, was arrested in March for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to The News & Observer, police say Foster knew that Weddle had sent the child a text message saying “I love you,” and had become angry and yelled at the child over the telephone. Foster reportedly told the girl that she had ruined her relationship with Weddle. Foster is now under prosecution for knowing about Weddle’s abuse of the girl but not sharing that information with authorities.
Foster has since joined Weddle on USA Swimming’s list of permanently banned individuals. Her ban, also for a violation of SafeSport code, took effect on April 11.