Tony Young To Leave Indiana Sport Development Post

Tony Young, who has served for the past four years as the Sport Development Director for Indiana Swimming, will be leaving that post at the conclusion of this spring short course season.

The announcement was made by outgoing Indiana Swimming General Chair Todd Adams in a letter addressed to Indiana Swimming members.

Adams noted that the search will begin immediately for Young’s replacement, with the position perhaps changing slightly from Sport Development to include performance.

Young has a long history of work within Indiana Swimming as well as USA Swimming. Young was successful as the head coach of perennial powerhouse Carmel High School, but also coached in college for Millikin University.

Young’s career also saw him work with FINA to conduct development clinics in less developed countries. He has also served as the chair of the Age Group development committee at USA Swimming.

In 2010, Young was among 32 people named in the Jane Doe vs USA Swimming lawsuit. While many of the other names on that list were also included in the USA Swimming banned list, Young was not.

Young’s inclusion was based on a misdemeanor charge of failure to report that was ultimately dropped.

The letter did not specify what role Young will take up beyond that Young planned to pursue other interests.

The full letter can be found below:

January 2016

Dear Members of Indiana Swimming,

Tony Young has shared his plans to pursue other interests at the close of the current season. Tony has served faithfully as the first LSC-employed Sport Development Director in USA Swimming. His commitment to Team Indiana and swimming has raised the level of performance throughout the LSC and made Indiana a role model LSC.

Tom Johnson, General Chair during four years of Young’s service, reflected, “Tony’s work has helped Indiana Swimming dramatically improve performance at all levels of our sport. He has challenged our coaches to perform at a higher level and has inspired a generation of our athletes.”

As part of his commitment to the LSC, Tony has agreed to remain with Indiana Swimming through the short-course championship season in March. Tony and I will work closely to ensure a smooth transition, allowing John Mybeck to focus on improving office operations and business functions as he begins his role as the Executive Director on January 18, 2016.

Tony has worked faithfully to create programs with the focus of achieving sustained competitive success. He has helped both clubs and coaches during difficult moments and served our LSC well. Tony has been instrumental in the LSC being a leader in USA Swimming Safe Sport initiative. His leadership and dedication to the sport of swimming and to Team Indiana will be missed.

To ensure continuity in programming, a search will begin immediately for a new Sports Development / Performance Director. The personnel committee is finalizing the new job description and posting notification. A search committee of three coaches, John Mybeck and myself will select a candidate with a goal of a March 2016 start.

You are encouraged to join us in expressing your gratitude to Tony for his service using the office mailing address or his e-mail. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Sincerely,

Todd Adams General Chair

 

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