Swim coach replaced after being banned from JCC


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Swimmers practicing at the JCC. The swim team got a new coach this week after their previous coach was prohibited from working at the JCC.

This past Tuesday, CESJDS announced that swim coach Mike Karel was banned from the Bender JCC of Greater Washington campus and consequently, let go by JDS. The announcement was made by JDS Athletic Director Becky Silberman in an email to swim team members and their parents.

The reason for Karel’s ban was not disclosed in Silberman’s email. Silberman stated in her email that the JCC, the team’s only practice location, informed JDS that Karel is “no longer permitted on their campus,” and therefore cannot perform his coaching duties. When contacted, the JCC said it was a “business decision” and wouldn’t comment further. 

In the email, Silberman noted that Edie Boyer, one of JDS’ Lower School PE teachers who is an experienced swim coach, has already taken over as the new coach in Karel’s place, but had no other information to share.

Captain and junior Talia Kraner, who has been on the team since seventh grade, feels that it was hard to change coaches midway through the season.

“At first, everyone was a little bit confused and worried, but we got a new coach pretty fast and she’s awesome, so I think we’re back on track,” Kraner said.

This story is developing and may be updated.