February 25, 2024

Former UC Berkeley women’s swimming and diving coach Teri McKeever has received a three-month suspension and was put on 12-month probation for “emotional misconduct” from the U.S. Center for SafeSport following an investigation into allegations that led to her dismissal by Cal earlier this year.

Attorney Jon Little, who represented McKeever in the SafeSport matter, confirmed to The Times the length of the suspension and probation and that the longtime coach had admitted to some, but not all, of the allegations against her during SafeSport’s investigation into her case.

Little said that McKeever admitted to certain allegations that took place between 2018 and 2022.

“What she admits to basically is that she cursed, screamed at kids and that she grabbed [Cal swimmer] Emily Gantriis’ arm,” Little told The Times by phone Friday morning, adding that McKeever is sorry for the incident involving Gantriis. “That’s the extent of her admissions.”

The Southern California News Group was the first to report McKeever’s suspension and portions of SafeSport’s confidential report following its investigation.

A former All-American swimmer at USC, McKeever was hired by Cal in 1992 and coached the Golden Bears to four NCAA titles and five Pac-12 championships. She also coached the U.S. women’s swim team at the 2012 London Olympics. But she was placed on leave by Cal in May 2022 while the university commissioned an independent investigation into numerous allegations made against the coach by former swimmers in a series of articles by the Orange County Register that month.

McKeever was fired nine months later after the investigation determined that the coach was demeaning toward student athletes in her program, discriminating against swimmers based on race or disabilities and using abusive language.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete,” McKeever said in a statement at the time, “and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation.”

SafeSport announced McKeever’s suspension for emotional misconduct on its centralized disciplinary database earlier this week, with few additional details provided. A spokesperson for the center told The Times via email that SafeSport doesn’t comment on specific cases “to protect the integrity of our investigative process.”

According to the SafeSport code, anyone who has been suspended by the center is unable to participate in any capacity at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic events or activities.

“Teri has coached hundreds of athletes. The fact that 19 athletes over almost 40 years are making complaints is a very small number,” Little told The Times. “She’s not Bobby Knight. What she’s a victim and product of, quite frankly, is a USA Swimming, male-dominated coaching system. Look, Teri didn’t do anything that … that male coaches [haven’t done] all the time. And the fact that Teri is in this is a reflection on female coaches in Olympic sport. To this day, she’s the only woman who’s coached an Olympic swim team.

“And so while it’s not right to grab your athlete’s arm, it’s inexcusable, and while it’s not right to swear and curse — really? These are adult athletes at the top women’s swim program in the country. I’m just — I’m sad that we wasted all our time and resources on this.”

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