Uchiyama, was later placed on the banned list of coaches yet USA Swimming "brass" in plural tense gave Uchiyama a solid recommendation, if not glowing, to The Country Club in Colorado Springs who hired him as a swim coach.
It is time for, Chuck Wielgus, and all those connected to the Everett Uchiyama endorsement to step down or be summarily fired by the USA Swimming board of directors. It is time for the USOC to exert pressure and insist on real reforms and not numerous, "band aid," press releases.
Age Groupers cannot tolerate an organization that is not putting both their interests and safety first. If this was any other professional sports organization, this would not be acceptable to anyone, especially the board of directors or the players.
From Swimming World:
"... Documents reveal that a reference call was made to Pat Hogan, club development director for USA Swimming, on December 22, 2006. Pat Hogan was recorded as saying Uchiyama was "Fantastic – most popular employee in the organization." And that his initiative was "Outstanding".
The document indicates that Hogan said Uchiyama's reason for leaving was a "Personal Choice". When asked in the document whether Hogan would rehire Uchiyama, the document indicates a "Yes" answer including the following note: "(I was not his supervisor)". Uchiyama reported directly to Chuck Wielgus, Executive Director for USA Swimming. ..."