Sprint News 8/14/12: Northwestern Hires; Houston Legend Steps Down; NBC Picking Up Paralympics

  101 Braden Keith | August 14th, 2012 | Club, College, Featured, In Briefs, News, Paralympic & IPC Swimming

…the Northwestern Wildcats have announced the hiring of Andrew Sheaff as a new assistant for the men’s swimming team. Sheaff previously worked under Wildcats head coach Jarod Schroeder in Maryland, while Schroeder was the interim head coach during the 2007-2008 season. Sheaff swam at Pitt as an undergrad, and has other college coaching experience at Bucknell University. Sheaff’s biggest asset to this team, though, is his knowledge of human physiology. As swimming moves more and more toward in-depth science, experience like Sheaff’s can be invaluable to a program. He spent time as an intern with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns working in sports performance and has a Masters’ Degree in exercise physiology…

…The Houston swimming community was aflutter this weekend as news spread that Clayton Cagle has resigned as the head coach of the Cy-Fair Swim Club (better known as FLEET). Cagle was at the helm of the program for 22 years, and developed it into one of the best age group and junior-level programs in the country. Among his trainees are Olympians Andrew Livingston and Jamie Rauch, as well as more recently National High School Record holder Cole Cragin. Internationally, he was an assistant on the 2001 Goodwill Games squad, and the head coach of a Junior National Team that went to Australia in 2006. He has a big administrative role in Texas swimming too, both as a member of the Board of Directors of Gulf Swimming and as a chair of the elite Texas Senior Circuit meet. This is a very large program that routinely sends double-digit swimmers to college, and has its own 50 meter facility, and the position will be a highly coveted one…

…The USOC has announced a ton of Paralympic coverage in the United States. In addition to the 700 hours of live swimming offered by the International Paralympic Committee on their website (www.paralympic.org), the USOC (which governs both Olympic and Paralympic sports) has set up a YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/USParalympics). They have also negotiated for highlights packages on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, and Universal Sports. The swimming competition will all be aired online live, with full English Commentary. For a full rundown of all of the coverage available, see the release here

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Velvet Fog
4 years 14 days ago

Why did Clayton resign?

Houston swimmer
4 years 6 days ago

He was asked by the Board to resign due to a severe breach of his morality clause in his contract. This is the second time he breached this and has rightly earned the distruct of the Fleet membership. Good Riddance!

Micah
4 years 13 days ago

… how about hyperactive board run by mostly age group parents that do not know a good thing when they have one.

Swim3057
4 years 13 days ago

+100

Coach
4 years 12 days ago

+100 x infinity. Should be on the top 10 parent boards to avoid list.

joeb
4 years 13 days ago

i don’t think he is done coaching there yet..I think he just wanted a smaller commitment and it was all by his choice….just what i heard.

Coach
4 years 13 days ago

I’m going to go out on a limb. He’s going to China.

Old swim guy
4 years 12 days ago

If he was still going to coach even on a smaller scale, he would not have left his swimmers before the last three biggest meets of the season without saying anything to them and would publicly help with the search for a new coach. Right?

Old swim guy
4 years 11 days ago

Cagle is an amazing coach. Bet you are right that there is something fishy with the board. He or any coach would not just leave. Interesting. Any thoughts?

Coach
4 years 8 days ago

Anybody see this job posted anywhere? Who to get in touch with if interested? They may have a crazy board, but with a great pool situation and the wreck of facilities I currently have, I may be interested.

Old swim guy
4 years 6 days ago

Just send resume info to the club at cypress fairbanks swim club in cypress, Texas with attention to the head coach search committee. Check fleetswimming.com. Awesome facilities and assistant coaches!

swimfan50
4 years 7 days ago

Clayton will coach at LAC in The Colony (just North/West of Plano, TX) I hear. The same thing happened to Clayton that happened to Steve Mateer in Plano with COPS. The board mix changed to the point that they wanted to go in a “different direction” – in COPS case it was several parents that thought Mateer had gotten lazy with the younger team development and there was jealousy with the sucess of his SR elite group. The salary being paid was a factor too – there was approximately $30K savings on the one salary with the coaching move. Clayton and Steve have been great friends for years. COPS has not and will not recover from letting Steve go and the same will be true of Fleet. Bad decisions made on both boards.

justswimming
4 years 6 days ago

farewell party for him tomorrow..wonder if he will make any announcement

Old swim guy
4 years 6 days ago

I agree. Both will not recover. Can Fleet get Steve from COPS?

Coach
4 years 6 days ago

What’s Steve doing these days?? Miss the old guy.

Old swim guy
4 years 6 days ago

It is unfortunate the ignorant and weak tend to make the most noise and get their way. Just as unfortunate is when arrogant board members use their board positions to push personal agendas.

Houston swimmer
4 years 5 days ago

Former Coach Pat Wiley complained about Cagles drunken jokes in january of 2011. The problem was that Pat was so full of crap nobody listened to him and Calyton was believable. Calyton did push his agenda (fooling around with the local women swimmers at fleet) forward all through 2011 and had it ended for him in last part of first quarter 2012. I am the angry parent. My daughter was on his little hit list. Like I say, Fleet board did the right thing. His wife Brenda was not impressed.

H-town Mom
4 years 5 days ago

Funny……I ran into Cagle at a restaurant last week. He was with his wife and family. They all seemed to be having a great evening
I asked about his future plans and he said he was enjoying the time off and considering several options.
My family will MISS him a TON! Wishing him nothing but great things!!

completelyconquered
3 years 11 months ago

Why even mention Pat Willey if he’s so full of crap. He’s the person who has problems, that don’t need to mentioned on the internet.

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

He was asked to leave so i guess others thought differently than you. My last comments. Call me maybe

Houston swimmer
4 years 6 days ago

That is not the right story. Cagle made drunken jokes and bets with other coaches about what swimmers and mothers he would like to have relationships with. Then he moved on his idea and was caught, got the crap literally beat out of him and was asked to leave. This is the truth. He should not be around kids and parents, he has breached that trust. He also adimitted (I was there) that he was seeking help for a drinking problem.

Houston swimmer
4 years 6 days ago

The horrible board (though it may be) is not the right story. Cagle needs to get out of coaching with other family’s children and families. He completely broke that trust, twice and the board did the exact correct action as he breached his morality clause to the 10th degree.. i am not lying, he literally got the crap beat out of him by the angry parent when he was found out. I have a photo of him with 2 huge black eyes, fat lip, and cracked cheek bone. This was back at the end of march this year. He needs to retire or just go away. the man may be a good coach but that is only part of his responsibility and he has proven not trust worthy. The Fleet is lucky they were not sued over his derelict actions.

justswimming
4 years 5 days ago

I am around Fleet a lot…never heard about him getting beaten up or other accusations. Never saw him with black eyes.. I do know it is the parents of the girl swimmers in Clayton’s Elite group that are hosting his farewell party…And they have gotten complete support from all the parents and swimmers in that Elite group…If he was after the older women swimmers, they show no sign of any awareness or anger..I am very close to a number of them…Trust me..if he is acting inappropriately around their daughters, I would know..

houston swimmer
4 years 5 days ago

Though it may sound incredible it actually did happen. The daughters were butts of his joke (all within legal age I was told and this is bad enough) but the wives???? As far as payback, I would prefer to say Trust but Verify. However, if you are not aware of the problem you wouldn’t know what to look for. Again these are not accusations, I was in the board meeting and this man needed to go. It was not his first time and it was not the fault of the board that he needed to go. Everyone must live and die by there actions and direct affect on others. This man caused great pain by his horrific judgement this year and back in 2002, but that was swept under the rug. Those who would put his coaching ability above his actions need to rethink their priorities with regard to family organizations.

jjanet evans
3 years 10 months ago

Who are you to know all of this? Are you on the board? I have known him for 20yrs!!!

formerfleeter'02
2 years 8 months ago

well said. so sad things were swept under the rug in
’02.

Older Swim Mom
4 years 5 days ago

I am absolutely stunned and appauled at what I am reading about Fleet. So here are my thoughts on the subject.

Why, why, why would you people post these things for all to see when first of all….it’s none of our business what happened. Reading all these posts, I hear pleasure and pay back in some of these. How sad and disappointing it is that the swim community has resorted to this level.
This situation doesn’t just affect Clayton, it affects many other people especially his family. And why hurt those that are innocent. Why put more questions in peoples mind and why continue to gossip about something that should be private. Take it from someone that knows. It hurts deep and some of the innocent NEVER recover from it.

Why, why , why would you people blame a board that was elected by parents to do a job. Countless hours go into this job, no pay, no perks, and all you can do is complain. You know what they say…..If you don’t like the way it’s being done, do it yourself. Then lets see how you like it when you are being chastized at all the decisions you make.

So the next time any of you feel the need to make these kinds of statements and judgements, stop and think……..what if that were my son, daughter, wife, husband or best friend that things are being said about. Would they ever be able to get past such harsh words as all of you have posted. Think about it.

Swimming brings much pleasure and joy to people of all ages. Don’t tant the sport. Enjoy it and embrace it. You will be much happier. If you don’t like where you are, then move teams. And if you decide not to, then please get out of the sport.

H-town Mom
4 years 5 days ago

AMEN to Older Swim Mom! Some people have nothing better to do than “tear” others down. It doesn’t matter to them if they are criticizing a coach, parent, board member or a child. They must not have anything better to do with their life.

Houston swimmer
4 years 5 days ago

Great comments and i agree. But, coaches do have a trust factor with the members instructing their kids (and mine). Morality must take precedence and people should know who they are leaving their children with. Getting out the actions this man made, might possibly spare a family in the future, as horrible as it is to hear it. I sincerely hope clayton has moved on since he hit the proverbial brick wall on this one. Everyone is responsible for their actions and where trust is given it should not be taken lightly. Isn’t this what we also teach in training with team mates?

fleet Mom
4 years 5 days ago

Give me a break!!! You guys should not even be saying this stuff without putting your name out there!! This is a man with a family, has made Fleet the success that it is at this time, and is respected in the swimming community. Personal slander comes to mind right now. If your going to say these things, you better put your name behind it and back it up, or you guys need to get off your high horse and shut up. This is wrong in so many ways. I would not put trust in ANY of these comments since nobody can back them up with their true names. It reallly is a sad world we live in when we can post whatever about people.for all to see and not have to account for it. Shame on all of you!!!!

justswimming
4 years 5 days ago

I totally agree with Fleet mom…if you are accusing someone of those type of allegations, stand and be counted..As for the Fleet board, elections are this October..I truly believe in
the ballot box as the best way to let your voice be heard..

Fred
3 years 11 months ago

This coming from someone who didn’t post her own name…

Friend of Fleet
4 years 5 days ago

Fleet Mom said it best. Hard to believe someone behind a fake a name. “Houston Swimmer”… you already admitted to being a parent and lying about your name… why should we believe anything else you say? Fleet has not had any female Elite swimmers leave Fleet in a long time (unless graduating). If all these accusations are true, I would feel like you and your “daughter” would have left Fleet but no one has left? So how can this be true?

Anyone can put a random name somewhere and claim to be someone. You aren’t fooling anyone with your so called “truths”.

Keep Swimming
4 years 5 days ago

Swim away, “Justswimming” and get a life. Coach Cagle has built an outstanding swim program, trained many incredible swimmers and has been a wonderful role model to our young athletes. I wish him and his family the very best. Unfortunately there are losers out there who create and voice lies because of their own failures at life, insecurities and bitterness. I believe this article is meant to lift up an extraordinary coach and we need to focus on that. Well done, Coach Cagle–you will be greatly missed. Thank you for all of what you have done for our kids!

Friend of Fleet
4 years 5 days ago

Did you mean to address that to “Justswimming”? or “Houston Swimmer”?

Justswimming has been defending Cagle/Fleet, I think you got your names mixed up.

Houston swimmer
4 years 5 days ago

Fact is fact and you can’t change that. He screwed up. People were slamming the board, rightly so for some things. But this one is Cagles own fault and lack of judgement. Perhaps this brite light will keep his secret side out of the shadows. Anyone remember the straw hat and large dark glasses march and april? It happened, get over it. Last comment

Keep Swimming
4 years 4 days ago

Oops!! Yes! You are correct…wrote the wrong one…Correction: Houston Swimmer is the one who needs a life 🙂

Old swim guy
4 years 4 days ago

October board meeting – vote out some of these board members. Important for everyone to vote! We need an awesome coach for our older groups -ASAP. Season has started everywhere and this a poor time to hunt for a new coach. This is a great swim club with great facilities. Let’s remember that the swimmers need great coaching, consistency and support. This is after all about them and not parents. Good luck to Coach Cagle. We will miss him. Thanks to Coaches Lindsie and Dustin for dealing with this mess and sticking with the kids! They are awesome, too.

swimfast2girl
4 years 4 days ago

Who remembers 3 fleet presidents ago in a similar situation only he did it several states away. He was crucified by the membership. Now just because it is the head coach with wives of members and employees at the pool everyone sticks up for him? You people need to get your heads on straight. Shame Shame

justswimming
4 years 4 days ago

I have worked for a major corporation in the executive wing..Adults behaving badly is all too common and just a sad commentary on our moral backbone..But, did they get fired?..no.. They were all adults..
Regardless of what everyone thinks happened, Coach Cagle lost his job and a club he built over 25 years …That is a heavy price to pay…
Fleet has been battered by rumors and heartache..Whatever your feelings, that organization needs to bet back to what really matters..the swimmers!!

swimfast2girl
4 years 4 days ago

Men! You say you were an executive so I am sure you realize the fiduciary responsibility of unpaid nonprofit boards and general liability that involves issues like gross negligence. Board members can be held liable for bad things they don’t take steps to prevent or eliminate. Examples include not screening workers with children and families or not fixing that faulty handrail on the stairway of your facility or enforcing an employment morality clause when harm is caused. In your example if a sales executive has an affair with an important customers wife, gets caught and you lose the account, how long would he be employed?? I hope I don’t know you!

Fleet swimmer
4 years 4 days ago

Okay everyone needs to leave this alone! It’s obviously none of yalls business and y’all are doing nothing but spread unneeded rumors around. Please take your business elsewhere… What’s done is done and it cannot be changed.

swimfast2girl
4 years 3 days ago

Who did you think we are? And rumors are for things not true. Agreed that everyone needs to let this drop. We just feel lied to and worry he was so good at it.

Swimfast2girl
4 years 2 days ago

One last comment. Whereever cagle ends up i hope that club keeps a good eye on hom. Look what he did to our club. We agree with houston swimmer, he should just retire.

Splash
3 years 11 months ago

If your statements are true, you are obligated to contact USA Swimming. Regardless of age, a coach cannot violate his athlete in the manner that you imply.

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

Thank you i did not know that. Cannot divuldge all details on web. But it is documented. Had a legal team do the research. My friends did wrong bringing this up but i can tell you the board did the right thing.

TXFleetGuy12
4 years 4 hours ago

@ Houston Swimmer / SwimFast2Girl – If you make these claims or support these claims, then be an adult and put your name down. Until you do, then both of you have absolutely NO CREDIBILITY to be saying this kind of stuff. I don’t know what happened between the club and him, but regardless, this is wrong on so many levels and you should be ashamed of yourself. The man still has a family, and regardless of your history or opinions on him, this stuff should not be said. Cagle is a top swim coach, with a proven record of success and I promise you, as a former swimmer, there is way more support out there for him than against him. Good luck Coach!

Swimfast2girl
4 years 1 hour ago

We will check with people involved to see what they want.

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

So this is a blog. Never been on one or read one before. Disheartening. My ” friends” just made me aware of this sillyness. They have been thuroughly reamed and so should the rest of you. Cagle did breach his duties in so many ways, not good. So in the words of the olympic team, god bless them, heres my number-call me maybe. For those with a question 281-352-8439. After reading this nonsense, please be prepared to offer your name and connection to this. My Fleet friends need to stop and let this rest.

Catherine Wagner
3 years 11 months ago

I swam for Cagle in high school and after my freshman year of college, and he was nothing short of spectacular. He was there for his swimmers 100% and always had their best interest at heart. I’ve never been around someone who cared so deeply about their athletes. He is one of the best coaches not only in Texas but in the country, as seen by the number of swimmers he has sent to outstanding Division I schools. He will always have my upmost respect and I will always cherish the time I spent swimming for him. The fact that this comment thread even exists is extremely disappointing.

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

But true non the less. I am happy for your experiences. Charish them. Everyones should be so. My daughter was happy when swimming but afterwards (2 years) not so happy because of his defficiencies. Clayton was (was) my friend. No family organization should suffer such idiocy. Haven’t recieved not 1 call

completelyconquered
3 years 11 months ago

2 years after what? 2 years after not swimming for Fleet you ran into problems with Coach Cagle?

completelyconquered
3 years 11 months ago

Nevermind, I figured it out.

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

Thank you. The truth of the tale is not a good story. Not surewhat u figured but i did contact.

Ellen Lobb
3 years 11 months ago

I also had the privilege of swimming underneath Clayton Cagle in high school as well my freshman and sophomore years in college. For the rest of my life, I will refer to my years swimming on Fleet as the best i’ve ever had. Furthermore, I will refer to Clayton Cagle as not only an amazing coach, but also an upstanding man, role model, and friend. Cagle not only improved my swimming, but the life lessons he instilled in me helped me to become a better person. I am sickened by the false allegations being spread on this comment thread. Until the day I die, never will you hear a negative statement about Cagle come out of my mouth. He changed my life and I am MORE than proud to say I swam under the great Clayton Cagle.

former fleet mom
3 years 11 months ago

“Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone” So, no one is perfect, but we need to protect the innocent until proven guilty! Move on bitter parents!!!

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

Amazing how these blogs work. I guess most of you folks really do know these things happened since nobody has exercised the opportunity to call me and all this “Cagle is great” talk must be attempts to spin a good light on these horrible recent (over one year this last time) events, or perhaps you really do not know and that is OK. Hey i’ve known the man for close to 20 years and until recently thought of him as a friend. Just how odd is it with 3 events left in the season the great coach suddenly bails on his team?????? Face it, he screwed up and unlike the last time, this time he ran into a brick wall, unmovable, consistant and with the formidable strenghth of truth and being in the right. Otherwise might he still be there??? The proving has been done (and his admissions) I’m sure coach Paterno had the same following, albeit on a grander scale.

Houston swimmer involved
3 years 11 months ago

I think you have enough of your own issues…. Either man up and say who you are or stop this harassment. I’d love to hear about your perfect life. I’m guessing you have a few skeletons in your closet. Get a life a move on.

Involved
3 years 11 months ago

Im not houston swimmer. Different person. I am involved and from your anger you may be involved in this mess to. Call me, why don’t you man up. Unless you already have my number and know who i qam ( which i will tell anyone who calls) and know that i actually do have a very nice life and dont take shit when my family is involved. Im not writing this in anger as you appear to be and until 2 or 3 days ago i didnt even know this was going on. As far as perfect life nobody has one but i have no secrets from my wife and kids, do you?

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