Swiss Ultimate Association Bans National Team Coach for Sexual Harassment

The Swiss Ultimate Association (SUA) released the coach of the women’s grass and beach national teams, Derek Gottlieb, from further coaching duties and barred him from any future roles within SUA. This decision came after allegations of sexual harassment via digital communication were brought to SUA by members of the elite national women’s grass and beach teams. The decision took place on February 18th of this year. Gottlieb coached the Swiss women to a silver medal at the EUC in 2019, and has also coached the Swiss women’s beach national team.

Sexual harassment is against both the code of conduct Swiss Disc Sports and the ethical charter of Swiss Olympic. To aid in this process, SUA conferred with a representative of Swiss Olympic’s INTEGRITY committee. The representative and SUA heard from all involved persons regarding these allegations, before deciding to release Gottlieb from coaching duties and further involvement with SUA.

Gottlieb, SUA, and some members of the Swiss national team all declined to comment further on this story.

  1. Ravi Vasudevan
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    Ravi Vasudevan has served as Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to eurozoneultimate@gmail.com. Ravi played for WPI in the US until 2008. He has been living and playing in Europe since 2009 and has competed at WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014 and WUCC 2018.

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