By Brent Rutemiller
PHOENIX, Arizona, January 6. SWIMMING World has confirmed that Sean Hutchison has not resigned his position as coach for the USOC Professional and Post-Graduate Center in Southern California. Contrary to what was first reported by the Washington Post, no verbal or written resignation was ever submitted.
After a short holiday break, Hutchinson resumed coaching the elite swimmers associated with the USOC-funded program that is channeled through USA Swimming as a program hosted by Fullerton Aquatic Swim Team (FAST).
It was first reported that Hutchinson resigned his relationship with FAST, after an investigation into rumors turned up no evidence that Hutchinson acted improperly with his athletes.
Bill Jewell, CEO and head coach of FAST told Swimming World that "He (Hutchison) did not resign. He was not fired. I do not know who started those rumors nor how it got into the press. Sean did communicate a plan to move on at some point and I support that 100 percent. That is the current plan we are working under."
In the meantime it is "business as usual", said Jewell.
When asked if Jewell would give Sean a positive reference the answer was: "Absolutely!"
Jewell went on to communicate his long-term vision of having FAST continue hosting one of the USOC Professional and Post-Graduate Centers. "I have strong verbal commitments from the USOC and Chuck Wielgus, executive director for USA Swimming, to continue supporting the center", said Jewell. Currently FAST supports the Professional and Post-Graduate Center coaches and athletes with travel, uniforms and free pool time.
The two other swimming-related centers are located at North Baltimore Aquatic Club and SwimMAC-Carolina.