USC Head Swim Coach Jeremy Kipp Placed on Administrative Leave

USC head swimming and diving coach Jeremy Kipp has been placed on administrative leave, sources tell SwimSwam. Amid an investigation into allegations of abusive conduct towards athletes, USC athletics director Mike Bohn told the team in a meeting on Friday that he had placed Kipp, who is beginning his 2nd season at the helm of the program, on leave.

USC made a statement to the Southern California News Group confirming that Kipp has been placed on leave, saying in part “Coach Jeremy Kipp is on administrative leave. We are unable to provide further details because of the confidential nature of personnel matters.” The university added that “The well-being of our student-athletes is our top priority. When a concern is raised about a coach or staff member, the university takes it seriously and looks into it.”

While the specific nature of these allegations of abuse are still unknown, Kipp has been accused of such behavior in the past. This April, SwimSwam reported on a incident wherein Kipp allegedly kicked a water bottle, which ended up hitting a swimmer in the face. Sources told SwimSwam that Kipp was removed from the deck following the incident, although that was never fully confirmed. USC did, however, release a strikingly similar statement on that incident to the statement given to SCNG following the news of Kipp’s leave of absence.

This is the statement USC gave following the April incident involving the water bottle:

“Whenever a concern is raised about a coach or staff member, USC Athletics takes it seriously and looks into it. However, we do not discuss individual situations because of the confidential nature of personnel issues.”

Since SwimSwam reported that incident, a number of Kipp’s former swimmers have contacted SwimSwam with reports of other troubling or erratic behavior by Kipp

Kipp was hired as the new head coach of the Trojans in May 2020, following the retirement of Dave Salo. While Kipp is on leave, associate head coach Lea Maurer will take over as interim head coach for USC. Maurer is a 1992 Olympic gold medalist and the former head coach of the Stanford women’s team.

The Trojans are set to host the USC Invitational next weekend (10/15-10/16).


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14 days ago

Well that only took 6 months.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
14 days ago

Football season is not going so well so the AD can finally look into that stack of paperwork that’s been growing on his desk since April.

1 of Kipp’s mentally verbally abused SC swammers
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
13 days ago

About time USC started doing something about this!

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
13 days ago

Yeah, this is mystifying, the timeline this took to finally happen …. he was coaching on deck all summer too, including at Nationals at Irvine.

Let’s Go Brandon!
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
13 days ago

If the Trojans are looking for “kind and sensitive,” perhaps they can entice the recently-retired Mark Schubert to return to the coaching ranks. He has no history of throwing water bottles.

Hot Take
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14 days ago

Is USC still selling scholarships?

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Snarky
13 days ago

Get it right. It was admission.

Kipps Water Bottle
14 days ago

About time

Hoosier Daddy
14 days ago


Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
13 days ago

I taught you was thurty.

Old Bruin
14 days ago

Fight on?

jude prie
14 days ago

this picture just perfectly fits the caption and his personality

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  jude prie
13 days ago

That was my immediate impression as a USC alum. How could you hire anyone who looked like that? That’s the face you hire if you need 1000 lies by dusk