A wrongful termination lawsuit was filed in Southern
California earlier this fall against former U.S.
National Team coach Mark Schubert.
The lawsuit was filed by Dia Rianda, a former coach at
the Golden West Swim Club. Rianda alleged that she was
fired by Schubert in July after she raised concerns about
allegations of sexual abuse by another coach, Bill
The complaint further alleged that Schubert
surreptitiously hired a private investigator to document
Sean Hutchison, coach of another elite Southern California
swim club, engaging in inappropriate sexual activities with
female swimmers. It went on to contend that Schubert used
the incriminating evidence against Hutchison to force a
$625,000 “confidential” settlement from
USA Swimming. Rianda alleged that in exchange for the
money, Schubert promised not to publicly discuss any sexual
abuse allegations against USA Swimming coaches, including
Hutchison and Curl. She claimed Schubert told her in
confidence that he learned about Curl years ago, and
informed USA Swimming’s Executive Director Chuck
Wielgus on multiple occasions, but no action was taken
until Currin came forward this year.
In statements to the media, USA Swimming has denied any
For her part, Rianda hopes the lawsuit will help prevent
future sexual abuse by coaches, said her attorney.
“Dia Rianda loves the sport of swimming. This
lawsuit is about protecting children and not about
money,” said B. Robert Allard, with Corsiglia
McMahon & Allard, LLP, in San Jose, Calif.
“This is a family that contributed nearly half a
million dollars toward the building of a swimming pool at
Carmel High School, donated their time and money into
building a swim program in Monterey County, and are major
financial contributors to the USA Swimming Foundation. Dia
just wants USA Swimming to get rid of the bad eggs that
continue to sit at the top of its leadership structure.
“Until that is done, this kind of corruption
will manifest itself over and over again, in which case
kids will continue to be exposed to sexual abuse and