John Leonard

Leonard: USA FINA Bureau Rep Should Be ‘Intent On Change’

American Swimming Coaches Association Executive Director and outspoken FINA critic John Leonard penned a letter earlier this month laying out his suggested qualifications for USA Swimming’s new representative to the FINA Bureau – heading the list is a candidate “intent on change.”


SwimSwam Pulse: 66% Support WSA As FINA Alternative

About two-thirds of SwimSwam voters support the World Swimming Association as an alternative to FINA as the international governing body for aquatic sports.


World Swimming Association Ratifies Constitution in Washington DC (Video Report)

The World Swimming Association, an alternate governing entity to FINA, held a constitutional convention at the 2017 ASCA World Clinic.


World Swimming Association To Hold Constitutional Convention In D.C.

The World Swimming Association Will Hold Its Constitutional Convention on Friday, September 1, 2017 in Washington, DC, USA, at the Washington Hilton from 3:00-8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the 2017 ASCA World Clinic.


WSCA Head John Leonard Reaching Out To Pro Athletes Re: Union

On the heels of Katinka Hosszu’s call for professional swimmers to unionize, World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) executive director John Leonard is asking interested athletes to contact him and the WSCA.


John Leonard Open Letter To FINA Coaches Commission: Get Out

ASCA head John Leonard has written another open letter, this time calling for members of FINA’s Coaches Commission to leave their posts.


ASCA Launches Platform Connecting You To World Class Swim Coaches 

American Swimming Coaches Association launches a knowledge-sharing platform to make world class swim coaches, like David Salo (featured image), accessible to the general public.

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Schedule For ASCA 2017 World Clinic Released

The American Swim Coaches Association has released their clinic dates and schedule for the ASCA 2017 World Clinic in Washington, DC.

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Leonard: Understanding Cultures And Changing FINA

John Leonard, an outspoken critic of FINA and founder of a rival swimming federation, has published a new open letter with his feelings on the current swimming governing body, alleging that FINA employees are compensated with lavish trips and lodging in exchange for keeping ideas for change and innovation quiet.


Joe Bernal Removed From ASCA Hall of Fame

Longtime swim coach Joe Bernal has been removed from the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame after being banned by USA Swimming earlier this year.

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Leonard: The Path To Clean Swimming

Critical of how FINA and the IOC have governed swimming, particularly in terms of doping punishment and prevention, John Leonard has proposed a bold move for athletes: separating from FINA and the IOC until changes are made in how the governing bodies operate.


Boston Globe: Bernal Left Abruptly During Investigation

When USA Swimming brought its hammer down on Joe Bernal this past February, banning him permanently for life, no one…


ASCA Will Discuss Policy On Banned Coaches at September Meeting

The American Swimming Coaches’ Association (ASCA), the most powerful educational and organizational body of swim coaches in the United States,…


Ryan Lochte Reacts to USRPT: Gold Medal Minute presented by

Thanks to SwimSwam reporter Katrina Radke for capturing video interviews used in this report. Ryan Lochte, 11-time Olympic medalist, reacts…


$23,000 USAS Funded Review of Literature on USRPT, Other Training Methods, Completed

A $23,000 project funded by USA Swiming, through managing partner the American Swim Coaches’ Association (ASCA), has been completed and…


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