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.