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Infractions Appeals Committee upholds former Staten Island coach’s penalty

 

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The College of Staten Island former head men’s swimming coach is subject to a four-year show-cause, according to a decision released by the NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee.

In November 2013, the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions found the former head men’s swimming coach did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules and the college lacked control over its athletics department.

Penalties in this case include four years of probation, a two-year postseason ban for the men’s swimming program, a vacation of certain contests and a four-year show-cause for the former coach. If the former coach seeks an athletically-related position at an NCAA member school during that period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the former coach’s athletically related duties should be limited.

In his appeal, the former coach asked the committee to reverse the finding of violations against him by the Division III Committee on Infractions because they were contrary to the evidence presented, the facts found did not constitute a violation and a procedural error affected the reliability of the information that was used to support the finding.  Additionally, the former coach asked the committee to vacate the show-cause order because it is excessive and the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion when imposing that penalty.

After reviewing the case, the committee upheld the Committee on Infractions’ findings and the head coach’s penalty. The show-cause order was determined not to be excessive due to the seriousness of the unethical conduct findings. Additionally, the committee found that the show-cause order penalty was consistent with the  breadth of penalties imposed on the college in this case.

In reaching its decision, the committee noted there was sufficient evidence contained in the record to support the outcome reached by the Committee on Infractions, particularly regarding improper recruiting inducements and extra benefits provided to student-athletes, as well as unethical conduct by the former head coach.

The members of the Infractions Appeals Committee who heard this case were: Mauri Ditzler, president, Monmouth College (Illinois), chair; Michele L.S. Krantz, senior counsel, Case Western Reserve University; Del Malloy, commissioner, New England Collegiate Conference; and Tracey Ranieri, director of athletics, State University of New York at Oneonta.