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
“Coach Schubert and I are opposing what has happened,”
said Michael Bernstein, Schubert’s attorney.
“We’re taking steps to correct what’s
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
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