Cleveland State swimming coach resigns amid investigation into drug use by athletes

Paul Graham’s resignation came shortly before biggest tournament of the year.

Cleveland State swimming coach resigns amid investigation into drug use by athletes
Former Cleveland State University head swimming coach Paul Graham resigned amid investigation into drug use by athletes.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Paul Graham, the swim coach at Cleveland State University, abruptly resigned after the school investigated a claim some members of the men’s swim team were using drugs.

Cleveland State swimming coach resigns amid investigation into drug use by athletes

Cleveland 19 Sports Director Tony Zarrella also learned two senior CSU athletic department officials also stepped down.

He also found out more than one athlete was disciplined by school officials.

At least one key member of the team is no longer listed on the roster and did not compete in the Horizon League Championship meet in Indianapolis in mid-February,

Cleveland State released a statement that reads: “In early February, allegations of drug use involving members of our men’s swimming and diving program were brought to our attention. Upon learning of these allegations we conducted an internal review, determined they had merit and acted promptly to address them. Head coach Paul Graham resigned immediately and two senior athletic department officials resigned from the program following our internal review. Members of the swim team who violated team rules were disciplined in accordance with university policy.”

Kevin Rapien is now listed as the team’s acting coach.

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