Oakland, Calif. (AP) — Longtime U.S. rowing coach Mike Teti, who was criticized by some of his former athletes for using emotionally abusive and physical intimidation, has resigned, but was immediately funded by a large donor. Have accepted a position that is headed to a new high. -Performance training club that still has links to the national program.
In July the Associated Press reported that American rowers under Teti feared his intense and intimidating style. An announcement by US Rowing CEO Amanda Krauss on restructuring within the program did not address the allegations, but rather the need for immediate change after the US team failed to win any medals at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Cross, who took office in November 2020, said she would no longer have a formal relationship with Teti and accepted her resignation last week. He expressed the sport’s commitment to the new leadership and direction for building the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“We’re looking at a culture that focuses more on athlete wellness, athlete care and communication, all those things,” Krauss said in a phone interview Thursday. -Performance Club.”
It posted a letter addressed to “the national team’s athletes, candidates, partners, supporters and friends” on the governing body’s website last Friday, saying that “meaningful changes need to be made to create an athlete-centred approach”. “.
Nine rowers who spoke for the AP story described Teti’s threat – but all spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation as they either wish to continue in the game or fear retaliation – and said they should Have direct knowledge of athletes physically threatening or verbally assaulting coaches. If he challenged them in any way.
Meanwhile, Teti was announced as the head coach of elite rowers and prospects for the California Rowing Club – the same boathouse where he coached Olympians and other candidates in recent years ahead of the Tokyo Games.
The center, funded by the Rogers Family Foundation, will give elite sailors the choice to train under Teti or with the national team. US Rowing will centralize its men’s and women’s training centers in Princeton, New Jersey, where the women’s teams were already headquartered. The center will host 12 men and 12 women as full-time residents.
Cross said Thursday that some male sailors have already relocated to the east coast, while others have indicated their plans to do so. US Rowing has also launched a search for a new Chief High Performance Director and is accepting public comment through October 29 on the selection process for the 2022 senior national team.
While the California Rowing Club and Teti will be involved in training the elite rowers who choose not to be based in Princeton, it is unclear how much influence they will have on the makeup of the US team.
In addition, US Rowing has received a more than 100-page report from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s evaluation of Americans’ national team programs launched earlier this year, including the men’s group based in Oakland under Tati’s guidance. Is.
“As we prepare for 2024 and beyond, it is clear that meaningful changes need to be made to create an athlete-centered approach that maximizes the resources of USRowing and the overall rowing community in the United States.” is,” Cross wrote to him. “USRowing wants to enable our athletes to train and compete in a sustainable environment that gives them the stability and support they need to thrive.
“We are also committed to creating a system of high performance that will drive unprecedented success in our sport. To accomplish this, USRowing will restructure our national team staff, selection process and training centers,” she said.
In his letter, Cross said that since March US Rowing has evaluated its national team’s operations by conducting athlete exit interviews and surveys “and how they relate to our athletes’ path to success”, the sport’s high performance. Council, an internal report of the USOPC assessment. and input from leaders in other sports – both national and international governing bodies.
Law firm Errant Fox conducted the USOPC assessment, sending a letter in January that was obtained by the AP asking “to review whether the concerns of elite athletes can be heard in a fair and neutral manner that does not contribute to is” fear of retaliation. “
Hoping to bring about a change in coaching leadership, some athletes went straight to the cross and shared their concerns about the culture under Teti.
Tetty, 65, the only member of the National Rowing Hall of Fame inducted as an athlete and coach, has denied any wrongdoing, telling the AP, “I believe I have done fair things with the well-being of athletes.” Coached in form. In the mind.”
Teti was investigated in 2018 by the watchdog group SafeSport and in 2016 by the University of California at Berkeley, where he previously coached. The SafeSport investigation was closed without restriction and Cal never disclosed its findings.
He won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the men’s eight gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games. Four years later in Beijing, he guided eight boats to the bronze medal before starting a successful stint at Cal, where he stayed for a decade. Before the Summer Games in 2012, he was called up to lead eight in qualifying for London, where Boat finished fourth.
“I am extremely grateful to the Rogers Family Foundation for creating this opportunity for our athletes. I am excited and encouraged to see that we join this group of talented young athletes,” Teti said in a statement on the rowing club’s website. How far can we go together?” “I believe that our athlete-centred approach at CRC, in partnership with USRowing and restructuring their new high-performance model, will help each athlete find their own path to the Olympic team. will be allowed to control.”
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