‘Alcohol related incident’ costs swim coach his job

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The St. John’s Legends Swim Club has let go head coach Aaron Dahl as a result of an incident late last month at the Aquarena.

Aaron Dahl. — Telegram file photo

Dahl, a prominent swim coach in British Columbia before he was hired by the Legends last September, was suspended by the Legends as a result of a March 21 “alcohol-related incident”, according to a memo distributed to Legends’ parents, during the Swim for Hope fundraising swim meet.

Legends president Keith Butler confirmed to The Telegram Dahl was let go by the club late last week following an investigation.

As part of his duties with the Legends, Dahl was also head coach of the Memorial University Sea-Hawks swim team. A spokesman for the university said Dahl has also been removed from that position, though a news release announcing Dahl’s arrival as Memorial’s coach remained on the Sea-Hawks’ web site Wednesday.

Hired to replace Brad Hutton, who accepted a coaching position in the Cayman Islands last summer, Dahl arrived in St. John’s with an impressive resume, including head coach for Canada’s under-14 and U16 boys’ teams in North American Challenge Cup meets, Canada’s youth boys coach on an Australian tour, and Canada’s junior men’s coach at meets in Spain and France, not to mention the FINA junior world championship in Peru.

He was once a member of Swim B.C.’s technical advisory committee, coached the B.C. entry in the Canada Summer Games and was Swimming Canada’s youth male coach of the year on two occasions and once won the national swim body’s junior male coach of the year.

Among the swimmers Dahl coached was 2012 Canadian Olympian Alec Page.

Legends’ assistant coach Liam Wilson has taken on the role of acting head coach until a replacement is found.


Organizations: North American, Swimming Canada

Geographic location: Canada, British Columbia, Cayman Islands Spain France

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Recent comments

  • MADD
    April 03, 2014 - 21:23

    @Really Not trying to eliminate drinking and driving, just don't agree that this is a "hatchet job" nor is publishing the facts of this. The only additional info I have, is what was posted on the VOCM website where a drunk driver crashed a car after leaving the Aquarena. Can you seriously agree with comments made by J?

  • Really
    April 03, 2014 - 10:49

    @MADD: does this article reference anything about drinking and driving? I thought it was a broader "alcohol related incident". I think you may have a bit more info/interest in this thing other than trying to eliminate drinking and driving. Doesn't the endless amount of announcements in the Telegram of arrests for drinking and driving serve as a solid reminder of the dangers and stupidness of doing this?

  • J
    April 03, 2014 - 07:49

    This is most defintely a hatchet job. I get the feeling this guys name is purposely being dragged through the mud by certain people on the St. John's Legends Swimming Executive. Odd enough that that same Executive has representation by people who work in media relations who should have known better than to purposely announce to the press what should have been an internal matter.

    • MADD
      April 03, 2014 - 08:58

      When the repercussions of a drinking and driving incident are publicized, more people should take note of what can happen. I applaud any form of media that deters people from inappropriate use of alcohol. If this matter is kept "internal", who knows what other issues may come up in the future! Maybe other organizations will be more observant and critical of issues/behaviors that they see. Maybe this article has prevented future incidents, either with this individual or others. Finally, I'm not sure how you are reading this article, but it states a fact- The coach was let go for an alcohol related incident. Then it gives praise for all the past accomplishments. Not much mud for me to see.

    • J
      April 03, 2014 - 15:27

      @ MADD - I think you are reading words where none are written. Given that MADD is pushing for nothing less than alcohol prohibition I don't mind to much of the drivel spouted by that organization. Responsible people should be able to partake of something they enjoy.