Teri McKeever, a longtime girls’s swimming coach at Cal who guided the Golden Bears to 4 NCAA championships and coached the ladies’s swim workforce within the 2012 Olympics, was fired Tuesday following an investigation into alleged harassment, bullying and verbally abusive conduct, the college stated.
Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton introduced the change in a letter to the workforce and the athletic division after a 482-page report substantiated many allegations of unacceptable conduct.
In accordance with the college, Knowlton wrote that “after carefully reviewing an extensive investigative report that was recently completed by an independent law firm, I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole.”
He added that the prolonged report “details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination. The report also details verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”
The allegations towards McKeever got here to gentle in an Orange County Register report in 2022. The report detailed at the very least 9 swimmers who detailed disturbing allegations towards McKeever. No less than 5 others accused McKeever of utilizing a racial slur. No less than 19 present and former girls’s swim workforce members spoke out, in keeping with Swim Swam.
Moreover, the report stated McKeever “allegedly verbally and emotionally abused, swore at and threatened swimmers on an almost daily basis, pressured athletes to compete or train while injured or dealing with chronic illnesses or eating disorders.”
McKeever denied the allegations in an announcement after her dismissal.
“During a 30-year career there are always those who take issue with my coaching style and me personally. I am a woman holding what is traditionally a man’s job and double standards come with the territory. I also know for those that struggled with my coaching, there were far more who had their lives positively changed by their experience. I greatly value the bonds I made with hundreds of young women and look forward to continuing to witness their successes” she wrote in an announcement.
“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation. There were and should be consequences for violating team rules, not showing up for scheduled appointments, misusing resources, not giving an honest effort and behavior that was not congruent with their individual or our team goals. But those consequences were not applied because of who someone was, only for what they did or didn’t do that hurt the team and the culture we were working hard to sustain.”
McKeever wrote she was the one feminine coach to be subjected to an investigation over “every mistake made over 30 years.”
Her lawyer, Thomas Newkirk, stated his consumer could be submitting a lawsuit over the problem. He added that the complaints towards McKeever have been “were largely the result of gendered differences in how she was judged as a female but also based on gendered evaluations of female athletes,” in keeping with Swim Swam.
Dave Durden will be Cal’s performing Director of Swimming & Diving, the college stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.