Updated Jul 2, 2013 - 9:31 am
University of Utah completes investigation of ex-coach
SALT LAKE CITY -- An independent investigation found that the University of Utah should have fired former swim coach Greg Winslow in early 2012 for alcohol problems that were corrosive to the entire team.
The review, however, concludes that Winslow did not physically abuse or engage in sexual activity with any of his swimmers during his six-year tenure.
A pair of outside attorneys cleared him of racial discrimination. Investigators looking into allegations of psychological abuse said training methods can be subjective, and they didn't take a position on Winslow's practices.
University officials are discussing other findings at a news conference.
The Pac-12 school hired a pair of outside investigators in March to review allegations of physical abuse and inappropriate behavior by Winslow, a former Arizona State University assistant coach, that came from parents of swimmers.
The university suspended Winslow, 38, in February after learning of allegations that he sexually abused a teenage girl he coached in Arizona. The school later decided to cut ties with Winslow and has hired a new coach.
Arizona prosecutors announced last month they would not press charges against Winslow, saying they didn't find sufficient evidence.
Prosecutors reviewed a 97-page report from ASU police, where Winslow was a popular coach from 2003 to 2007. The report said Winslow was 32 when he took a special interest in a 15-year-old swimmer who was part of the Sun Devils Aquatics club in Tempe.
ASU police said there were no witnesses or other victims to corroborate allegations of sexual abuse. They recommended criminal charges based on a secret recording they arranged between the woman and Winslow in November.
The investigation of Winslow's time in Salt Lake City wasn't centered on allegations of sexual abuse, but rather on accusations by Matt Fiascone, whose son swam for Utah for three seasons, that Winslow came to practice drunk, had outbursts of anger, used racial slurs and forced swimmers to engage in dangerous training practices.
Winslow has not answered phone calls for comment from The Associated Press. He has denied the Arizona allegations.
The University of Utah hired Michael Glazier, a Kansas City, Mo.,-based attorney with experience performing college athletic investigations, and Alan Sullivan, a Salt Lake City attorney, to investigate. They were asked to determine if any wrongdoing occurred during Winslow's tenure, and to find out what was reported to university officials and how those reports were handled.
The University of Utah did an internal investigation of some of the allegations in the fall but found no wrongdoing.
Before coming to Salt Lake City, Winslow had also coached at the Air Force Academy and Saint Cloud State University. He is originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., and was an All-American swimmer in 1996 at the University of North Dakota.