USC Head Coach Jeremy Kipp Resigns After Five Months on Administrative Leave


USC Head Coach Jeremy Kipp Resigns After Five Months on Administrative Leave

Five months after he was placed on administrative leave, University of Southern California head swim coach Jeremy Kipp has announced his resignation. The school announced the news in a press release Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the men’s Pac-12 Championships. Lea Loveless Maurer, a two-time medalist at the 1992 Olympics and former head women’s coach at Stanford, will remain in the role of interim head coach.

In October, the Orange County Register reported that Kipp was under investigation for “multiple allegations of abuse… including that he threw a water bottle at a swimmer.” USC declined to share details at the time but did confirm that Kipp was on leave. Now, his departure from the program will be permanent. There had been no additional news regarding Kipp’s status since then.

Kipp, hired in May 2020, had completed one full season at USC in which the Trojans finished fourth out of seven teams at the women’s Pac-12 championships and fifth out of five teams at the men’s meet. After losing a wave of elite swimmers to graduation, including NCAA champion Louise Hansson, neither program finished inside the top-20 at the NCAA championships.

At USC, Kipp replaced head coach Dave Salo, who led the Trojans for 14 years after Mark Schubert left to become the national team director of USA Swimming. Kipp had been an assistant under Salo until 2015 and then the head coach at Boise State for three seasons and the head coach at Northwestern for two years before returning to Los Angeles.

Read the full press release from USC below:

Jeremy Kipp, head coach of the USC men’s and women’s swimming teams the past two seasons, announced today (March 6) that he is resigning.

“Due to the difficulty of these last few months, I have informed athletic director Mike Bohn that I believe it is best for me to separate from the program at this time,” said Kipp.

“I’d like to thank Mike for giving me the opportunity to lead the Trojans during a most unprecedented time in the history of NCAA sports. I am proud of the staff that I assembled and what we were able to accomplish in such a short time. Both the men’s and women’s programs are again competing at the highest level while achieving academic success in the classroom. I look forward to watching the Trojans’ continued success at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships for years to come. I am forever grateful for the support I’ve received from many of the athletes I’ve coached in my career.”

Said Bohn: “We appreciate Jeremy’s nearly 10 years of service to our swim programs. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Kipp came to USC after two seasons (2019-20) as the director of men’s and women’s swimming at Northwestern. Before that, he was the women’s swimming and diving head coach at Boise State for three years (2016-18). He spent eight seasons (2008-15) as an assistant at USC and eight years (2000-07) as an assistant at UC Santa Barbara.

Both the USC men’s and women’s teams are currently ranked No. 11 nationally and have 5-2 dual records as they head into the NCAA Championships in Atlanta (March 16-19 for the women and March 23-26 for the men). The Women of Troy finished third at the recent 2022 Pac-12 Championships, while the men were fourth at the just-concluded Pac-12 meet.

Associate head coach Lea Maurer will lead both programs until Kipp’s replacement is hired.

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