Sheila McLaughlin reports:
An assistant swim coach who was fired from Countryside YMCA in Lebanon after being charged with inappropriately touching a young female team member during a North Carolina championship meet Saturday has a long history of coaching area children.
Patrick Jeanneret, 30, of West Chester Township coached the varsity swim team at Fairfield High School from 2007 to 2011, when he won two Miami Conference Coach of the Year Awards, according to his biography on the Countryside Torpedoes website.
He began as assistant coach in 2004 at Great Miami Valley YMCA in Fairfield, where he took over as head coach in 2007.
Fairfield school officials said they had no complaints about Jeanneret. Officials at Great Miami Valley YMCA said they are in the process of alerting families of any children who swam while Jeanneret was a coach there. Jeanneret has been fired from his position at Countryside.
“The kids are our most important concern. We’re doing our due diligence to make sure families are aware of this,” spokeswoman Karen Staley said. “Our hearts really do go out to the family of the little girl in the incident.”
Torpedoes parents and swimmers contacted by The Enquirer Tuesday didn’t want to talk about Jeanneret or the alleged incident. But others who knew Jeanneret as a coach in Fairfield expressed shock.
Mark Morris’ daughter Melissa swam several years for both the Fairfield YMCA and Fairfield High School swim teams.
Morris, who also sits on the Fairfield Board of Education, said he never heard of any incidents involving Jeanneret while his daughter swam for him.
“You’re around these coaches year-round. You think you know them pretty well. I guess we didn’t,” Morris said. “We have to let this process play out. I don’t want to indict him.”
Countryside officials sent an email to Torpedoes parents on Monday that applauded the swim team staff on how they responded to the situation and promised a review of policies and changes if needed.
Mike Carroll, president and CEO at Countryside, has declined to give specific details of the alleged incident. (more…)