Indiana Swimming Reaches Agreement With Embattled Coach
2:31 AM, Aug 31, 2010
The swimming and diving coach of Fishers High School has resigned amid allegations of cheating during swim meets involving a swim club he also coached.Ken Stopkotte gave Hamilton Southeastern administrators his resignation a day after he stepped down from the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers, the separate organization he coached.Indiana Swimming officials said that Stopkotte altered times and inserted results at three meets in February."We are disappointed that a person who served in a position of trust in our school district has admitted significant misconduct in his FAST swim club duties," said Hamilton Southeastern Superintendent Brian Smith.Indiana Swimming alleged that Stopkotte altered results 180 times. Officials said that he denied wrongdoing for several months and claimed that action against him was "a retaliatory action for Stopkotte speaking out against USA Swimming and Indiana Swimming in another legal matter."Stopkotte previously claimed that Indiana Swimming's safety policies were insufficient in the wake of the arrest of Chris Wheat, a former Lawrence North assistant swim coach who pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one felony count of child solicitation.Indiana Swimming officials said that as part of an agreement, Stopkotte admitted altering swim times and that he retracted statements that proceedings against him were retaliatory.Stopkotte was banned from USA Swimming membership for two years and from Indiana Swimming for five years, along with paying an undisclosed financial penalty.