After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, San Jose State Trainer Steps Down

Scott Shaw, who was accused of inappropriately touching swimmers a decade ago, retired from his position as San Jose State’s director of sports medicine last month.

Shaw, who took over that position in 2008, announced his retirement to members of the athletic department on Aug. 13. His last day was Aug. 19, and the university didn’t publicly acknowledge the move. A university spokesman told USA Today that Shaw resigned and did not comment further.

Shaw was accused by as many as 17 female swimmers of inappropriate touching during treatment sessions, complaints that were compiled and submitted by swim coach Sage Hopkins. San Jose State cleared Shaw of wrongdoing in an inquiry started in 2009 and resolved by the school in 2010. But a USA Today investigation earlier this year looked into the school’s handling of the original probe, amid allegations of retaliation from Hopkins, who resubmitted the charges to the school’s Title IX office in 2018. No new complaints since 2009 were included.

The California State University System’s Title XI office assumed oversight in the Shaw investigation in February.

“While the university cannot initiate discipline against a respondent who is no longer employed, the procedures set forth in the CSU Executive Orders still apply,” CSU System spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp told USA Today, “and the investigation against Mr. Shaw is continuing despite his resignation.”