A coach in one of the nation’s most prestigious swimming clubs pled guilty to soliciting prostitution just minutes from where members of his program were competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials this week. He was promptly fired.
Kelton Graham, 41, who had served as head coach of Club Wolverine’s 18-and-under swim team since 2011 and coached in the program for a decade, was arrested Monday night along with 10 others during a prostitution sting conducted by Omaha Police Department at the city’s AmericInn Hotel and Suites, according to KMTV.
“Part of it is to send a message that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated from people coming into town from Omaha for the swim trials or for the College World Series,” Omaha City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse told the local TV news station. The CWS is being held concurrently at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park.
Meanwhile, some 15 miles away, a handful of Club Wolverine Elite athletes — led by University of Michigan head swim coach Mike Bottom — were scheduled to compete in this week’s U.S. Olympic Trials at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center.
Graham was terminated on Tuesday, according to reports, after pleading guilty and being sentenced to one day in jail.
“Coach Graham violated the terms of his contract with CW which adversely impacts his ability to continue as a coach for our organization and USA Swimming,” the Club Wolverine board of directors said in a statement sent to families in the swim program, according to MLive.com. “We appreciate Kelton’s contribution to CW and wish him well.”
Graham previously coached Michigan’s Lincoln and Huron high schools, leading the latter to a state championship and capturing Michigan High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors in 2008. He has a wife and two children, according to a bio that has been deleted from the Club Wolverine website in the wake of his firing.