Winkler Banned; Goodner II, Reis Given Interim Sanctions By SafeSport

Walter Winkler was upgraded from an interim ban to a permanent ban by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, while two others were given interim sanctions.

Walter Winkler

Winkler, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was previously included in the Safesport database under “interim measure – restriction.” He was sanctioned for allegations of misconduct as of February 21, 2018.

But earlier this month, Winkler pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor, admitting to having inappropriate sexual relationships with two minors in the 1990s.

He’s now been upgraded in the SafeSport database from the former interim restriction to a “permanently ineligible” tag. His entry now shows “criminal disposition – involving a minor” instead of the former allegations of misconduct. His entry does still carry the “subject to appeal / not yet final” tag, which typically means he could still appeal the Center for SafeSport’s decision.

Gary Goodner II

Gary Goodner II has been added to the database for allegations of misconduct. He is under an “interim measure – restriction.” Goodner II is not to be confused with Gary Goodner, Sr, his father, who is already permanently banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct.

Both Goodner, Sr and Gooder II are listed as being from Tampa, Florida. Goodner, Sr was a Puerto Rican Olympian and former coach with Tampa Bay Aquaics, Flagler County Swim Team and Flagler Palm Coast High School, among others. He was banned in late 2014.

Goodner II is listed as the president and head coach of Team Velocity Swimming out of Temple Terrace, Florida.

Savannah Reis

The Center’s database now lists Savannah Reis of Brandon, Mississippi. Reis is under an interim measure – suspension for allegations of misconduct. Reis was added to the database on July 24.

Madison County Journal story from 2014 lists a Savanna Reis as coaching PEAQ swim team along with her husband. And a team photo in The Northside Sun lists Savannah Reis as a coach in the caption.

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Steve Nolan

An ignominious example of “like father, like son.”

Susan Haight

SO true! He is a monster- I only wish he wasn’t on deck while the investigating is taking place.

Susan Haight

When you are seen in public with teenage girls inside of Victoria’s Secret, when you consistently drive your swimmers to and from various places, when you send unfavourable text messages to a swimmer telling her she looks “pretty” in that outfit, when you have a minor swimmer come stay with you over the summer and claim she is “like a sister”, when you openly say you wear dark sunglasses so that people can’t tell where you’re looking, when you’re the son of someone who has already been banned from the sport- YOU NEED TO BE BANNED TOO! These are not coincidences or stories that are misconstrued. You’re gross, disgusting and just outright SICK. And, shame on USA Swimming and Safe… Read more »

Shawn L.

We swam for Coach Gary Lee several years ago. I always felt uneasy with the way he acted around the female athletes. He’s calculated and understands how to rein parents in to make them believe his way is THE way. I recently heard about some stuff he pulled while in Tampa and unfortunately wasn’t surprised. My son is older now and out of the swim world but I will say this to the people who follow him and are entrusting him with your kids: THE WRITING IS IN THE WALL.

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