Mitch Ivey, famed swim coach, banned for sexual misconduct

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Two-time Olympic medalist Mitch Ivey, of San Jose, has received a lifetime coaching ban two decades after a history of sexual misconduct with Bay Area female swimmers first became public.

Ivey, once a teammate of Mark Spitz at the famed Santa Clara Swim Club, has 30 days to appeal the decision that was made last week by USA Swimming’s national board of review. […]

Ivey, who swam at Stanford and Long Beach State, won a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and bronze four years later in Munich — both in the 200-meter backstroke.

He replaced the famed George Haines as coach of the Santa Clara Swim Club in 1974. By 1988, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team coaching staff.

The allegations against Ivey date to the early 1980s when he coached at Concord Pleasant Hill Swim Club. Ivey, 33 at the time, had a relationship with Suzette Moran, a 16-year-old swimmer from Pleasanton-Foothill High. Moran, now a mother of three living in the Los Angeles area, said Monday she wasn’t called to testify in the recent hearing for Ivey.

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