Tampa Bay, Florida Swim Coach Linck Bergen Arrested on Meth Possession Charges

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 33

September 05th, 2019 National, News

Linck Bergen, the former head coach of the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Oregon, has been arrested in Florida and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The 55-year old Bergen was arrested on August 21st at 10:20PM for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. his wife, Michelle, was also arrested on the same charges. Both were released on $2,500 bonds each.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrest records, the controlled substance was methamphetamines. Linck Bergen‘s profession in the arrest records is listed as “coach.”

The paraphernalia charge is a class 1 misdemeanor in Florida, while the possession of a controlled substance is a class 3 felony.

Bergen was fired by the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in 2014, after 15 years as head age group and head coach of the program, and sued the team after his termination. Bergen also counts on his resume that he “assisted in coaching six Olympians in 2004,” naming Inge de Bruijn, Chantal Grout, Kaori Hamada, Igor Martchenko, Junko Onishi, and Dennis Pimankov among those he participated in coaching. His father, Paul Bergen, served on USA international coaching staffs at 4 World Championship meets, and also is a 4-time Olympic coach. In 2010, Deena Deardruff accused Paul Bergen of sexually abusing her from the ages of 11 to 15.

More recently, Bergen was a coach with the Asker Svømmeklubb in Asker, Norway. A Norwegian news outlet once called Oslo, Norway “the crystal meth capital of Europe.” Bergen more recently lists himself on LinkedIn as the head coach of the Greater Tampa Swim Association beginning in July of 2019. The club still lists him as head coach on their website.


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Ol' Longhorn

Florida Man.


oof I think this guy watched too much breaking bad

Brian M

You can’t make this stuff up.

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