SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah announced Monday it is hiring a
pair of outside investigators to review allegations of physical abuse and
inappropriate behavior by the school’s ousted swim coach.
The university already has said it won’t renew the contract of suspended swim
coach Greg Winslow based on allegations that he sexually abused a teenage girl
he coached in Arizona six years ago.
Winslow, a former assistant swim coach at Arizona State University, has been on paid suspension since Feb. 28, when University of Utah
officials were made aware of the Arizona allegations.
He has not been arrested or charged in either state. The Maricopa County
Attorney’s Office in Phoenix is reviewing a 97-page police report from ASU.
Parents of his Utah swimmers claimede Winslow came to practice drunk, punched an
assistant coach, and forced a swimmer to do underwater springs until he blacked
out, according to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune. Parents said the
university did not adequately investigate the claims when they were first made
aware of them.
Winslow did not answer phone calls for comment from The Associated Press, and
his voicemail box was full. He has denied the allegations at ASU.
The University of Utah did an internal investigation of some of these
allegations in the fall but found no wrongdoing, university spokesman Keith
University of Utah President David Pershing announced Monday that he has chosen
two attorneys to do the new investigation: Michael Glazier, a Kansas City,
Mo.,-based attorney with experience doing college athletic investigations; and
Alan Sullivan, a Salt Lake City attorney.
They will be asked to determine whether any wrongdoing occurred during
Winslow’s nearly six years as head swim coach. The investigators also will be
asked to find out what was reported to university officials and how those
reports were handled.
The cost of the outside investigation is not yet known, Sterling said.
Winslow denied the abuse allegations at ASU in an
interview with campus police. The police report showed Winslow was 32 when he took a
special interest in a 15-year-old swimmer on the Sun Devils Aquatics club in
The girl’s father reported the abuse to ASU police in September 2012 after his
now-22-year-old daughter attempted suicide. The father told police that the
sexual abuse went on for three years until Winslow left to take the job in Utah, according to a police report obtained by the AP. The abuse
occurred after swim practice in Winslow’s locked office and included kissing and
fondling, the report shows.
Winslow urged her to keep quiet about the abuse, saying, “People will think
I’m Chester the Molester,” according to a police report. The woman told police
in Arizona that Greg Winslow was “like the creepy uncle you know hugging you
The University of Utah conducted a criminal background check of Winslow before
hiring him as a swim coach in June 2007, Sterling said.
Winslow has also been an assistant swim coach at the
Air Force Academy and Saint Cloud State University. He is originally from
Colorado Springs, Colo., and was an All-American swimmer in 1996 at the
University of North Dakota.
The university has begun a search for a new coach. Richard Marschner is serving
as interim director of the swimming and diving program, and will continuing to
coach divers. Assistant coach James Winchester is the interim swim coach.