KPD investigating allegations against former UT men's swim coach John Trembley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Police Dept. has launched an investigation into allegations against for UT men's swimming coach John Trembley, a KPD spokesperson said on Thursday. UT announced it had fired Trembley earlier this week for what it described as "gross misconduct."

KPD issued the following statement on Thursday: "The Knoxville Police Department met this morning with UT officials to discuss the actions of former University of Tennessee swimming coach John Trembley. As a result of the meeting, KPD has launched a criminal investigation into the alleged activities of Mr. Trembley. At this time we are unable to discuss the nature of the investigation. When appropriate, additional information will be released as the investigation moves forward."

Trembley has already retained counsel following reports that the circumstances surrounding his dismissal may have criminal implications.

In a statement released Thursday morning, Donald Bosch announced that the longtime coach has retained his firm's services "concerning the reports of a criminal investigation stemming from the information alleged to be the basis for his recent termination."

"Coach Trembley looks forward to addressing the results from this investigation at the appropriate time," Bosch added. "Until then , it is appropriate for Coach Trembley or his counsel to make any further statements."

In response to an open records request from Local 8 News seeking any communication between the University of Tennessee and the NCAA regarding John Trembley or the swimming program the University said that "no such records exist", meaning that Tennessee has not at this time self reported any violations concerning Trembley's actions to the NCAA.

On Wednesday, the University of Tennessee released a statement indicating the "gross misconduct" allegations that cost Trembley his job might have criminal implications.

“The finding of gross misconduct led us to turn this case over to the proper law enforcement authorities. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further,” the University said in a statement.

Trembley, who had been the head men's swimming and diving coach, was relieved of his duties after 23 years, University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart announced on Tuesday.

Assistant coach Lars Jorgensen will serve as the interim head coach for the program for the remainder of the season.


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  • by M Location: California on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    It is irresponsible and inappropriate to pollute the news websites with baseless speculation. Everyone who knows or has known JT has known him as a loyal and trustworthy person who values integrity and friendship above all else. Until at least one scrap of evidence to the contrary surfaces, stick to the facts and keep your speculation to yourself. At a minimum, JT deserves that.
  • by bella on Jan 9, 2012 at 08:34 PM
    Fair enough, people are nosy. The "matter," however, became a personnel matter the minute JT was fired for gross misconduct. His personal problems may have led to his personnel problem, but alleged "gross misconduct" puts it squarely in the public domain. I'm not sure how Hart could have handled it better. The University saw fit to fire for cause, Hart wrote the letter and declined further comment. What else do you want?
  • by VOLMom Location: Virginia on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    Bella--Yes I do know whats going on and it is a personal matter, not a personnel matter. From what I understand, Hart handled this horribly. People arent't "curious and concerned", they're nosy.
  • by VOLMom Location: Virginia on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:57 PM
    Please leave this man and his family alone. He is a good Christian man and doesn't deserve this. Hart should be fired.
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      by bella on Jan 7, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to VOLMom
      Why should Hart be fired? Do you know what happened? Can't Christians commit gross misconduct? People are curious and concerned. If JT doesn't want people to speculate, then step up and explain what happened. If he doesn't come forward, then how can you say he doesn't deserve this? Sometimes "good Christian men" do bad things.
  • by Wilbur Location: Nashville on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    No one knows what the heck is going on....and they should keep their mouths shut. If you read these comments, they have speculated that money was taken from the building fund, he was buying crack, he was covering up a sexual scandal, and that he violated UT policy for kicking some swimmers off his team a few weeks ago. At the end of the day, no one knows. It will all come out in good time...
  • by vols4ever on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:24 PM
    This is a drug issue. Trembley has an addiction and was buying crack cocaine on the UT email account. He was in rehab last summer. This is very sad for both Trembley and UT.
  • by Steve Location: Bybee Tennessee on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    Is it just me or did this Headline tell us absolutely nothing?
  • by Navonne Location: knox on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    Duh, I read the headline. Now, just what did he do. What part of Article X11 did he not follow??

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