‘Alcohol related incident’ costs swim coach his job

Published on April 3, 2014
Aaron Dahl. — Telegram file photo

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.

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.