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Steve Franklin resigns as Gator Swim Team coach coach

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Gator Swim Team and coach Steve Franklin have parted ways after an affiliation that lasted nearly nine years.

Franklin, who was hired in August 2003, tendered his resignation last week, and the club's board of directors wasted little time taking action.

"He submitted his resignation to the board of directors Thursday. The board of directors then accepted it Thursday night," said Eric Brazel, president of the Gator board of directors. "We informed the parents Friday midday."

Brazel said Franklin was not forced to resign and did not elaborate when asked if he was surprised by Franklin's decision.

"All I'm going to say is he resigned," Brazel said. "You know as much as we know. He resigned."

Franklin said he was not leaving the Gators for another job.

"I'm going to take a little time off," Franklin said. "I got a couple of places I'm going to talk to."

He did not get into the reasons for his departure.

"Let's just say I've been here a long time, and it's time to find a new place to coach," Franklin said.

He said he had been contemplating leaving for the last couple years.

"It was pretty quick," Franklin said. "It was just one of those things that just came up, happened and kind of took everybody by a little bit of surprise."

Franklin said he plans to remain in town for the present time with his wife, Debbie, and five children, three of whom still are in school.

Franklin has been a swim coach for more than 35 years after a successful competitive career. He netted all-state honors while at Warsaw Community High School in Indiana, and he later swam one year at Purdue and two years at Indiana State.

He came to Cape Girardeau at the age of 46 after a nearly four-year stint with the Nadadores Swim Team in Nashville, Tenn. He also coached the elite Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta as well as teams in Indiana and Oregon.

"It was a great time while I was here," Franklin said. "I enjoyed coaching the Gators immensely. It was just time to go. I've got no ill will toward the Gators at all."

The Gators have about 75 participants in the program during the winter and expand to about 170 swimmers during the summer.

Assistants Sally Loughary and Lizzie Schmidt remain with the club.

"We are obviously starting a search," Brazel said. "Right now we're taking it one day at a time."

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"Hours and competition in the pool every week and devotion and blah, blah, blah"?

Umm, yes he did. I think most youth soccer, football, baseball, dance, gymnastics coaches expect hours and competition in practice and devotion and blah blah blah every week too.

I did not observe Mr. Franklin cuss to swimmers, and I think his collection of 8 and unders and older swimmers was about right for the area.

I would agree that swimming is not for everyone, but must say that "Olympic" style practices are an significant exaggeration.

"Yell"? Yes, he yelled at my child basically the same as a number of soccer coaches (or you name the sport), it is a somewhat normal part of coaching. And, the prce was that my child greatly enjoyed swimming and soccer both.

-- Posted by 3we on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 3:14 PM

listen to this---Sounds like one of those helicopter parents. I had youth baseball coaches that were much worse than this guy sounds. It's all about dedication, winning and developing a work ethic to achieve what you want. Sounds like your kid should have been on a rec swim team and not a competitive team like the gators.

-- Posted by crackerjack on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 5:14 PM

The least of the problems with this guy was his horrible coaching style. Hopefully the real issues will be brought to light so that others will be protected from now on. He's not the only one to blame. The leaders of the Gator swim team should have done something a long time ago so that so many didn't have to be subjected to such treatment.

-- Posted by Pause on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 11:08 PM

This guy needs to never coach again! I hope all the details are brought out soon. The Gators should be very glad to be rid of him. He was not a good coach and should have his credentials taken away forever!!!!

-- Posted by Fujitsu on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 10:30 AM

Somebody needs to get some balls on this paper and tell the REAL story about this guy!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Real-ist on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:05 PM

I have known Steve well for 9 years. He coached my two teenagers to reach college level teams and taught them how to work hard for what they want. He never gave away his respect. He made his swimmers earn it. It's sad that anonymous haters are allowed to post whatever they please here. Steve should not have to be tried and judged in the media. He is an excellent coach, and he will be missed by our family and many other Gator swimmers and parents.

-- Posted by jkwcape on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:12 PM

Hey Real-ist and fujitsu----Why don't you 2 become citizen journalists and fill us in? I think I see why the guy gave it up.

-- Posted by crackerjack on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 2:34 PM

If there is more to this story, and it clearly appears there is, I would expect the Southeast Missourian will keep the public informed with updates. This reminds me of the story about the middle school principal resigning. Did we ever hear the rest of that? Good Luck reporters!

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 2:42 PM

Steve coached my daughter for many years. As a result, she became an awesome swimmer; thank you Steve.The dedication and committment has carried over to her years, now, as she is in the working world. Were there hard days? Yes. Were there tears? Yes. But there was more joy for our family during these years, and we would do it all over again.Would she have Steve coach her if she had to do it all over again? You bet. She has commented several times,that Steve's coaching is what made her a good swimmer. If you want to excel at any sport, it requires dedication and the willingness to work. Swimming is a very competitive sport. As a coach, she respects him a great deal and so do I. If you want to be a good athlete you have to be pushed to your potential and past, so you know what you can do. I'm sad to read some of these comments. Noone is perfect folks. Nor are we.

-- Posted by a parent on Thu, Jul 12, 2012, at 8:32 PM

I have been a parent of a swimmer. I have seen Steve Franklin touch the swimmers. The real victims are the swimmers, not Steve Franklin. He has groomed parents and swimmers to follow him. The newspaper should follow this story, because there is alot more to come.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Sat, Jul 14, 2012, at 10:09 AM

Come on Eric? All you know is he resigned?? You know there is alot more to this story. Lots of allegations against Steve. Don't think he is going to be able to lie his way out of this one. The board should have taken a stand years ago with this guy. The board obviously does not put the children ahead of this guy. Because you are still allowing him to hang around our kids. Get a backbone and get rid of him for good.

-- Posted by Fujitsu on Sat, Jul 14, 2012, at 3:17 PM

There is only one person who should be blamed for all of this. Everyone else is a victim.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Sat, Jul 14, 2012, at 4:04 PM

Southeast Missourian....please find out the rest of this story. I am concerned.

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Jul 15, 2012, at 8:45 AM

I agree with Reasoning, please find out the rest of this story..........

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Mon, Jul 16, 2012, at 9:00 AM

This saddens me beyond belief. I swam for Steve in Oregon, I've known him almost my entire life, and the guy is an incredible swim coach and person. The people who complain are the parents who enable their kids to be wimps....I saw it in Oregon and see it here. Steve produced championship teams and swimmers from nothing, and the parents who can't deal with their kids being yelled at for being too soft need to go do something other than a competitive sport. Steve will find a new team and make them successful, just as he has done everywhere he's been, and the parents who made this happen are going to spend their rest of their lives bailing their kids out when things get tough for one second. What a joke and a shame.

-- Posted by SwimCoach82 on Fri, Jul 20, 2012, at 10:30 AM

No one is talking about Steve as a coach. We are talking about him putting his hands on swimmers. Read your USA Handbook about coaches touching swimmers........... Find out why he quit his job....

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Fri, Jul 20, 2012, at 5:30 PM

NICE!!!!! I make a truthful post on here and it gets taken off.... I thought this was supposed to be a place there people could speak thier mind, take a stand. So much for FREE SPEECH Southeas Missourian!!!! That is just so hypocritical it makes me sick!!!! so, it is ok that other people can defend this so-called pervert and if I say something to the contrary it gets taken off? Ok,, so this is how we play? Have some balls Missourian, You are supposed to report the NEWS!!!! REPORT IT to the public!!

-- Posted by Real-ist on Fri, Jul 20, 2012, at 5:42 PM

It seems this guy is being investigated by USA swimming. He resigned this time...hmmmm, sounds like he knew he had to get out before he was fired. I just hope USA swimming takes a stand and keeps this guy away from the deck for good. Too bad the Gators will not keep him away from the young innocent swimmers. This needs to stop before he hurts others swimmers and families. Hey Southeast Missourian...call USA swimming and ask about Franklin and his investigations. Franklin is an opportunistic control freak. Oregon guy...this has nothing to do with yelling at a kid. This goes far beyond!!!! I hope you as a coach know the boundries put forth by USA Swimming and follow them. Unfortunately Franklin crossed those boundries and should be penalized for it. JWK and a parent...just be glad he has not been inappropriate to your daughter. If it happened to your daughter... I doubt you would defend him.

-- Posted by Fujitsu on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 1:31 PM

Reading the comments on this article, and the lack of explanation given by the coach and the board president has caused lots of speculation. Obviously there is more to this story. There are some who support this fellow and others who appear to have had alarm sensors go off! Those involved should peruse this site http://www.parenting.org/article/victim-..., for more information.

I hope that the alarms have gone off in time to help those involved, or as unnecessary warnings which will alleviate any problems.

-- Posted by ssoutheast on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 8:14 PM

Well, my last post was also deleted. I guess someone read the truth and did not like it. The truth is out there. The alarms were always there, people continue to ignore them.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 7:01 AM

Thank you ssoutheast for posting the link for that article. That is exactly what is being done by this guy. I got goosebumps reading the article becuause that is what he has done for years to various girls on the team.

-- Posted by Fujitsu on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 1:38 PM

YOU PEOPLE NEED TO STOP CRITICIZING STEVE. I was a former swimmer of him and then i decided too stop because i didn't want too swim, unless he was my coach!He is an awesome Coach I went too practice everyday, not you parents. Yes Steve was strict but he was a REAL coach that didn't just sit there and continue to let you do something that's wrong, he helps you fix it. If you want to be a REAL, COMPETITIVE SWIMMER WHO WINS you do whatever it takes. And there is only one person you can thank for your accomplishments and that's your coach. He pushed to make you a better swimmer. If you want to excel at a sport there is going to be discipline, not fun and games all the time

. And obviously people don't understand that and therefore they don't understand Steve's methods. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY COACH LIKE STEVE FRANKLIN!!!!!

-- Posted by TigerSwimmer on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 5:30 PM

Cici, there are people out there who will manipulate others to do something for them. Nobody is against self discipline and striving to be the best, and I don't think that is what the concern is here.

It is wrong to use this desire to achieve for self serving needs. Perhaps this is a misunderstanding, but it is not the aura the article and comments are projecting. Doing "whatever it takes" does not mean doing things that make you personally uncomfortable.

-- Posted by ssoutheast on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 6:45 PM

This is not about Steve's coaching. It is not about parents. If you go to the website posted by ssoutheast you will find the issue. This is about the victims.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 7:38 PM

No CiCi, a "coach" is just a tool, just like a wrench or a hammer, it/he/she only helps that person get the job done. The DRIVE, COMPETITIVE SPIRIT AND DISCIPLINE to become a competitive athelete must come within ones self. Some coaches can assist with this but mostly it begins at home with the best of parenting. If the tool is broken, as this one is, you thow it out and get a better one.

Obviously you didnt have what it takes because you quit, I am sorry. And yes, I certainly hope you are correct that there is no more coaches like Steve Franklin.

-- Posted by Real-ist on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 10:17 AM

It makes me wonder why some people are still letting Steve Franklin coach girls. I guess everyone hopes all this will go away.He is under investagation by USA Swimming.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Sun, Jul 29, 2012, at 1:03 PM

I have checked back to this article to see if the public has been informed. Apparently we are still in the dark as to what is truly going on here.

I would appreciate a follow up story when all the facts are brought forward.

I do wonder why Cici, who appears to be a young swimmer (spelling and grammar) and has left the team, is addressing a coach who they profess to respect, by first name only.

-- Posted by Reasoning on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 2:13 PM

I have a conspiracy theory: Perhaps he's not as walk-on-water wonderful as his supporters say, nor as evil as his detractors say. Of course, you can always count on a discussion board as a great source of facts...not...

-- Posted by 3we on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 12:00 PM

There is a conspiracy theory, ask the board. They love to cover all the facts.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 2:30 PM

Well OF COURSE the board wants to "cover up the facts" If the true facts comes out then obviously THEY will be held at least somewhat responsible. They knew what was going on, but HEY! they had to support their coach who was taking "very special attention" to thier swimmer! SHEESH,,, the parallels to the whole PENN State thing is just getting to obvious to ignore.

-- Posted by Real-ist on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 7:27 PM

"If the true facts come out"..."the paralells to the wole Penn State thing are too obvious"

Ummm... let's think about that a moment. If there's no "true facts" (and you sure aren't supplying any), then nothing is obvious...NOTHING (except that maybe you are on some kind of smear campaign?).

With Penn State, we had named witnesses making specific accusations. This thread; however, is full of vague wiggle-word bologna, no facts, no names, no specifics, whatsoever, and wreaks more of interpersonal hatred than genuine incidents.

-- Posted by 3we on Sat, Aug 11, 2012, at 9:08 AM

So Mr. Newspaper journalist, we are at your mercy. It seems some people know things (at least they are alluding to that) and some people believe it is bologna!

Rather than string the public along, perhaps a follow up story is in order. Have you contacted this 'board' that people are talking about? Has Mr. Franklin found a new position else where? Why was this news in the first place, if someone merely resigned a position? That happens all the time, and it never makes the newspaper.

This isn't a renown and famous fellar and most of your readers have never heard of this guy. So, why a big article?

I am afraid 3we, that there is much more to this story, and for some reason we are not being included. Who are we protecting here?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Aug 12, 2012, at 4:50 PM

Why don't you ask Steve Franklin why he resigned in the first place. Thats what started all of this.

-- Posted by parents of swimmer on Mon, Aug 13, 2012, at 2:37 PM

So has the issue alluded to, by many on here, been resolved?

-- Posted by ssoutheast on Wed, Aug 22, 2012, at 1:15 PM

Steve Franklin has been permantly banned from USA Swimming as of Nov 2012. He violated USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policy 2011 & 2012, Sexual Misconduct 2010 & 2011 & 2012, and Inappropriate touching 2011 & 2012.

Just search for USA Swimming Ban List!!

This guy should be locked up!!

Why has this not received any media attention? You sure did jump at the article when the creep resigned. We knew this was coming his way...but only a few knew there was more to the story.

-- Posted by Fujitsu on Tue, Apr 23, 2013, at 8:57 AM

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