W. Kentucky suspends swimming, diving program for 5 years

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky has suspended its swimming and diving programs for five years after the school and Bowling Green police found violations of Title IX sexual misconduct and assault, harassment and the student conduct code.

Hilltoppers athletes and coaches were told of the decision Tuesday morning by WKU president Gary Ransdell and athletic director Todd Stewart. Athletes can transfer to other schools; the positions of swimming coach Bruce Marchibroda, assistant Brian Thomas and diving coach Chelsea Ale will be eliminated on June 30.

A release said complaints by a former team member led to an investigation by police and Title IX coordinator Huda Melky that found evidence of violations.

Stewart said in the statement that the "findings of a consistent pattern of disappointing conduct is troubling and not acceptable at WKU."


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