Gator Swim Club coach accused of soliciting young girl

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.

A Gainesville swimming coach was arrested in Osceola County on Monday on allegations he used the Internet to arrange to have a sexual encounter with a young girl.


Bryan Woodward

Bryan Woodward, who until his arrest coached youths for the Gator Swim Club, was charged with use of a computer to solicit a child for sex and traveling to seduce a child to commit sex acts, said Osceola sheriff's spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.

Lizasuain would not release specific details of the case but said those details may be released next week.

The Gator Swim Club is a private organization that provides lessons and competitive teams for a variety of ages. It uses the swimming pools at the O'Connell Center for its practices.

Club co-owner Kathleen Troy said Wednesday night that Woodward is no longer with the team, but she would not say if he was fired or resigned. Troy said he was hired in August 2010 and coached different children in different age groups.

The club does extensive background checks before hiring coaches and nothing turned up when Woodward's check was done, Troy said.

“If anything had come up, we would not have hired him,” Troy said.

Troy is married to University of Florida swimming coach Gregg Troy.

The Gator Swim Club is not part of the University Athletic Association, said UAA spokesman Steve McClain.

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