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Rutgers promotes 2 people to replace fired swimming coach

Rutgers has named Frederick Woodruff and Jon Maccoll as co-head coaches of the Scarlet Knights' women's swimming and diving program

Published on December 6, 2017 2:20PM

Last changed on December 6, 2017 7:11PM


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) Rutgers has named Frederick Woodruff and Jon Maccoll as co-head coaches of the Scarlet Knights' women's swimming and diving program.

Athletic director Pat Hobbs announced the move Wednesday, saying the promotions are effective immediately.

The announcement comes a little less than three weeks after Rutgers fired coach Petra Martin amid mental and verbal abuse allegations.

Woodruff is in his 25th year as head diving coach for the Scarlet Knights. He had been named interim head swimming coach in November. Maccoll began his first season with the university in October as the assistant swimming coach.

Martin has been accused of telling swimmers to lose weight, verbally berating them and ignoring mental health concerns. After being fired, she wrote that she was advised not to comment. She said she was troubled by the allegations because "they are not true."

The Scarlet Knights return to competition against Yale on Jan. 12.

Rutgers fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice in 2013 after video showed him abusing players.



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