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IU swimming coach Mike Westphal charged with intimidation


IU swimming and diving associate head coach Mike Westphal was arrested on charges of allegedly intimidating a former IU athlete who is now a local swim coach.  

According to court records, Westphal threatened a fellow swim coach during a meeting at Lennie’s Restaurant discussing the merger of Btown Aquatics with Indiana Swim Club where Westphal is a member on the Board of Directors. 

During a recorded conversation, Westphal claims he has “control over the coaching career” of the other coach, according to the affidavit. Records also say Westphal told the coach he “could be an asshole, is ruthless and would squash him.” 

The affidavit alleges Westphal held a prior "lawful act" over the coach.

Westphal was arrested Aug. 30 and released on a bail. 

IU athletics released the following statement regarding Westphal:

"Indiana University Athletics has been made aware of the incident involving Indiana University associate head swimming coach Mike Westphal. IU Athletics will continue to gather facts and take further action as it deems appropriate."

Westphal's attorney has not responded to the IDS' request for comment.

This story will be updated.

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