Coach Joe Weber Terminated
In a case that symbolizes the dysfunction inside USA Swimming, it is being reported that "consultant" swim coach Joe Weber of the YMCA powerhouse team in Somerset Valley, New Jersey has been terminated after it was discovered that he spent 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to having oral sex with a 14-year old girl. Despite his past history, Weber in close contact with minors for nearly six years. The Somerset Valley YMCA Swim Team is also a USA Swimming registered club. Weber was employed as a swim coach at the Germantown Academy Aquatics Club at the time of the incident, which is a USA Swimming club as well. The Germantown Academy is where Richard Shoulberg, president of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), is Aquatics Director. A USA Swimming spokesperson told the swimming blog, swimswam.com, that Weber was never a USA Swimming registered coach.
Furthermore, Weber's name is not on the USA Swimming list of banned coaches. The list was updated in mid-August. The Weber story was reported at the end of July by the New Jersey media.
Attorney Robert Allard, a San Jose, California child molestation victims’ rights lawyer at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, continues to represent victims of USA Swimming coaching sex abuse. For a confidential and free consultation with Mr. Allard, please call 408-289-1417 or fill out the case evaluation form to your right. Mr. Allard is ready to help you.