SwimmingWorldMagazine.com is now reporting that they have received confirmation that Sean Hutchison will be staying at the Post-grad training center in Fullerton, California as the lead coach for the USA-Swimming elite squad. This is despite previous reports in the Washington Post and USA Today, among other publications, which stated in no uncertain terms that Hutchison had moved on.
Bill Jewell, who is the director of the FAST swim team, told Swimming World that Hutchison was simply on a Holiday vacation, similar to most of his swimmers, and that his leaving was pure rumor. He also stated that he’s not sure how those rumors got into the press.
This all becomes quite a strange situation, as there seemed to not be any ambiguity in Jewell’s original comments to the Post, including referring to Hutchison’s program as a “Dog and pony show,” and saying that he hoped to have a new coach in place by January 1. Jewell did go on to say that moving on was still in Hutchison’s long term plans, but that the move was not expected in the near future.
At any rate, the USA-Swimming community should breathe at least a temporary sigh of relief, as Hutchison and FAST are the current hosts to a large handful of USA-Swimming National Team members who have seen a lot of success under the tutelage of both Hutchison and Jon Urbanchek.