In an update to a story that broke last night, USA Swimming has posted an update to their public list of Individuals Suspended or Ineligible-Permanently to include the name of Tim O’Brien: the 2015 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year.
The announcement was made to members of the Nitro team last night, and swimmers and parents were told that he would not contest the finding of the USA Swimming Board of Review.
O’Brien, who formerly coached the senior group at Nitro including several National and Junior National Team members, was banned under two sections of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct:
304.3.5 Any sexual contact or advance or other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, or other person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete.
304.3.5 Any inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards a member by any other adult participating in any capacity whatsoever in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming or its LSCs (whether such adult is a member or not). Any nonconsensual physical sexual conduct, or pattern of unwelcome advances or other sexual harassment in connection with or incidental to a USA Swimming-related activity by any person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming or its LSCs (whether such person is a member or not) directed toward any member or other person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming or its LSCs. (effective September 27, 2008)
Both instances are cited from older versions of the Code of Conduct, which date back to the first decade of the 2000s.
Prior to his time at Nitro, O’Brien was a coach with SwimAtlanta, where he was the head senior coach at the Johns Creek location from 1995-2000, at which point he went to coach in the Virgin Islands on the island of St. Croix.