An Open Letter, An Open Life: Dick Shoulberg

[Photo: Aniko Kovacs]

This past week has brought news of the American coach taking a ‘leave of absence’, one apparently forced on him by his employers. “I haven’t done anything wrong, other than being 741/2 and looking people in the eye and telling them, ‘You’re wrong’,” Shoulberg told the Philadelphia Enquirer. Here Guest Author Chuck Warner writes an open letter to Germantown Academy head of school Jim Connor

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This past week has brought news of the American coach taking a ‘leave of absence’, one apparently forced on him by his employers. “I haven’t done anything wrong, other than being 741/2 and looking people in the eye and telling them, ‘You’re wrong’,” Shoulberg told the Philadelphia Enquirer. Here Guest Author Chuck Warner writes an open letter to Germantown Academy head of school Jim Connor

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Kim McCord

Right on!

alum

Coach Shoulberg is great. However, his dismissal will be shown to be warranted no matter how unfair it may seem at the present time. 5 yrs ago this would not have happened but the state of the world makes it necessary. It is beyond unfortunate, but necesary. There is no denying his greatness and worth to GA and its community but some lines crossed by individuals and groups can outweigh any body of work.

Bill Bell

Is “alum” suggesting Coach S. behaved in some unethical/untoward fashion w/some of his athletes?

I have no idea what transpired but after what? Forty years of great success w/Germantown Coach S.’s conduct has suddenly become unbecoming?

I find that hard to believe.

As the Good Book says, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Craig Lord

Yes, Bill – it will be interesting to see what constitutes “the state of the world” making “it necessary”. We await news

Paul Mansfield

While i did not attend GA for school, i swam with Coach Shoulberg for about 8 years. And now nearly 40 years later still hold him in awe and speak with or see him several times a year, even though he lives 1300 miles away. He is one of the greatest people i have ever had the privilege to know. Much of the success of my career as a surgeon can be traced to the character he instilled in me. He always puts the team and his swimmers ahead of himself, and relishes in their successes both in and out of the pool. His greatest joy comes from seeing someone do the absolute best that they can do, whether it is setting a world record, or swimming across the pool for the first time. He is timeless and absolute in his commitment to truth and serving others.

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