Discussions are under way in an effort to amicably resolve issues that arose when United States Swimming national team head coach Mark Schubert was abruptly terminated in November.
Schubert, who was dismissed for undisclosed reasons, is an eight-time Olympic coach and had been under contract through 2013. He spoke at a press conference shortly after his termination became official and made it clear that he would like to return to USA Swimming.
“Coach Schubert and I are opposing what has happened,” said Michael Bernstein, Schubert’s attorney. “We’re taking steps to correct what’s happened.”
USA Swimming, the national governing body of competitive swimming in the United States, did not respond to a request for comments, but Executive Director Chuck Wielgus did release the following statement regarding Schubert:
“I continue to have the highest admiration and respect for Mark Schubert and for his accomplishments and contributions to the sport. I am saddened by this parting of ways as I was the one who sought out and recruited Mark for the job at USA Swimming. I know Mark still has much to give to the sport he loves and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Both sides have made it clear that Schubert’s termination is in no way connected to the sex abuse allegation lawsuits facing USA Swimming.
Meanwhile, former USA Swimming president Jim Wood is serving as interim National Team leader, and the search for a permanent leader is ongoing. But it seems finding someone to replace Schubert won’t be easy.
“I’m not sure there’s a better person for the job than Coach Schubert,” said Dave Salo, general manager of Club Irvine Novaquatics and head coach of the University of Southern California Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Salo has himself coached elite level athletes and knows Schubert personally.