Steve Roush Resigns As CEO of ASCA After 9 Month Tenure

Steve Roush is resigning as CEO of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) after less than a year in the post. ASCA announced the news today.

Roush officially took over as CEO on January 1. He replaced John Leonard, who had previously led ASCA for 35 years. But Roush will officially step down on October 15, only about nine months into his time as CEO. Roush cited “personal and professional reasons” for his resignation, noting the “impact of COVID-19” on ASCA’s operations and revenue.

ASCA’s press release included the following statement:

“It is with extreme sadness that I announce my resignation as Chief Executive Officer of The ASCA effective October 15. I came to the ASCA with enthusiasm to make it the model of coaches’ associations around the world. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the organization related to revenue generation and operations, I feel it is imperative that I step down due to both personal and professional reasons. I believe that the ASCA can come out of the pandemic as a strong viable organization and I will support my successor in the transition as well as in the future. I am forever grateful to the ASCA Board and staff for their support during my brief tenure.”

A search for a new CEO will begin immediately, with a September 15 application deadline.

Paris Jacobs, who has served as the COO of ASCA, also resigned last week. Jacobs filled a number of crucial roles within the organization, including managing the annual ASCA Convention.

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coachofficialmi
17 days ago

Sounds like he was asked to take a pay cut and instead said “peace”

Snarky
Reply to  coachofficialmi
17 days ago

Not. even. close.

Real-time
Reply to  coachofficialmi
17 days ago

Not even close. Paris Jacobs also resigned last week…

Ascawhat?
Reply to  Real-time
17 days ago

She resigned? I thought she was teaching the level 5 class next week?

Real-time
Reply to  Ascawhat?
16 days ago

Date still to be determined from what I understand but not until same as Steve or soon after. Unfortunate.

coach
Reply to  coachofficialmi
17 days ago

Absolutely incorrect.

Mac
Reply to  coach
17 days ago

Anyone care to chime in with the real reason(s)?

coachofficialmi
Reply to  Mac
17 days ago

Right? All I said was that’s how it came off. If anyone would like to enlighten us, that would be helpful then just downvoting

Aigh
Reply to  coachofficialmi
17 days ago

Right?! Why are so many apparently in the know yet won’t stand up and say it . Gutless.

jj graham
17 days ago

Did John Leonard really step back?

Guerra
Reply to  jj graham
17 days ago

Roush was a bad choice, but I heard Leonard was stabbing him in the back at every turn.

Aigh
Reply to  Guerra
17 days ago

Can just imagine, so entrenched.

coach
Reply to  Guerra
16 days ago

Roush was a great choice. He is an honest, intelligent, professional leader. This is exactly what we needed for a ASCA leader.

Aigh
17 days ago

Really expect someone who has been in the job for 35 years to actually set back, let alone create a conducive succession environment ?
This guy never had a chance.

MarkB
Reply to  Aigh
16 days ago

Yes, ASCA proves the saying, “There are lies, damn lies and statistics”. ASCA has had two CEOs in a little less than 36 years – must be a really stable organization.

Swim3057
Reply to  MarkB
16 days ago

Depending on how you want to look at it, ASCA has only had 4 Leaders in 60 years. Two of which combined for almost 55 years and one died suddenly after less than 2 years. Pretty stable leadership…..

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