After allegations of misconduct, former JMU diving coach added to SafeSport database | Sports

Former JMU diving coach John Wolsh (2016-22) has been added to the US Center for SafeSport Centralized disciplinary database on Monday amid misconduct allegations, first reported by SwimSwam.

The databasenot affiliated with the NCAA, retains the “public informed when individuals connected to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending an investigation by the Center, or subject to certain penalties after an investigation finds them in violation of the SafeSport Code,” according to the website from the database.

Wolsh, according to the database, is under “Temporary Restriction(s)” and has “Contact/Communication Limitation(s), No Contact Directive(s). The misconduct was published on Monday, September 19. The allegations did not specify whether they were related to events at JMU. Wolsh told SwimSwam “no formal complaint has been filed with the JMU Title IX office.”

The Code SafeSport applies to all individuals in the US and Paralympic umbrella. The code stems from the Federal Protection of Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Authorization of Safe Sport Act of 2017, which establishes policies and procedures to prevent abuse of amateur athletes.

The US Center for SafeSport is a independent non-profit is committed to fostering environments where athletes “can work and learn together free from emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct.” SafeSport offers training and best practices for coaches, parents, players and youth sports organizations.

“We can confirm that John Wolsh was employed by JMU from 07/01/2016 to 05/06/2022,” a JMU spokesperson said in a text message statement to The Breeze on Wednesday. “Any other information about his employment is a personnel matter.”

Wolsh has been the Dukes’ head diving coach for the past six seasons, winning CAA Diving Coach of the Year four times in a row and was Co-Dive Coach of the Year. 2020-21. He was also selected 19 times as the national diving coach in the United States.

Kongrong “KR” Li replaced Wolsh as diving coach on August 10. In the press release introducing the new diving coach, the reason for Wolsh’s departure was not mentioned.

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