US swimming coach says accuser is ‘bully’

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 4:06pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 4:15pm

A San Diego swim coach alleged to have multiple identities and a felony conviction has fired back, calling his accuser a “bully” with a checkered past.

James Pantera issued a statement on Tuesday, one day after complaint was filed with USA Swimming by Mike Saltzstein, a former vice president with the governing body.

The statement says Saltzstein is “attempting to smear the name of a well respected and liked swim coach and official” who has passed numerous background checks. It also points to a 1990s insider trading case involving Saltzstein.

Saltzstein went to USA Swimming alleging Pantera has at least 11 identities and three dates of birth, and that he was sentenced to a year in federal prison for making false statements and fraudulently obtaining student loans.

USA Swimming is investigating.