April 20, 2007
Stanford swim coach Skip Kenney suspended; coach issues apology
Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby today announced that Skip Kenney, coach of the men's varsity swim team, will serve a 60-day suspension without pay as a result of an investigation by the university into allegations that he expunged names and records of some swimmers from university publications. There was no discovery of any violation of NCAA rules governing voluntary workouts.
After the suspension, Kenney will return to his coaching job.
Kenney has issued an apology to the entire Stanford community that reads:
"I want to publicly apologize to everyone within the Stanford community, including, but not limited to, the faculty, staff, alumni, students, members of the Athletic Department and athletes for my error in judgment. I had no right to omit the records of any athlete on media guides or other publications. This will not occur again.
"I also want to thank Stanford for allowing me the opportunity to continue my coaching career. I can assure everyone I will do my absolute best to develop outstanding young men to realize their potential. You can count on me for a 100 percent effort."
In making the announcement, Bowlsby said that Kenney exhibited a "serious lack of judgment" in expunging individual names and records.
"I appreciate that he has acknowledged that and apologized," said Bowlsby. "He has 28 years of service to Stanford, and we've heard from many athletes who say that he has positively affected their lives. We are confident that, working together with us, Skip can complete his coaching career here at Stanford in a way that benefits our students-athletes and that honors the integrity of our program."