Skating coach suspended 19 years after misconduct allegations

A top United States figure skating coach has been suspended nearly two decades after male figure skaters first raised sexual misconduct allegations against him.

The U.S. Figure Skating committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog group — the U.S. Center for SafeSport — added renowned coach Richard Callaghan to a roster alongside dozens of banned and suspended members late Wednesday night, ABC reported.

The suspension is pending a new investigation of misconduct allegations raised 19 years ago.

Best known for coaching Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold in 1998 as well as a slew of other national and world titles, Callaghan earlier this week was listed as a coach with the Florida Everglades Skating Club.

His information has since been removed for the club’s website.

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NAGANO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 21: Tara Lipinski (USA) consults with her Coach Richard Callaghan before skating in the Exhibition program of the Figure Skating competition in the 1998 Winter Olympics on February 21, 1998 in Nagano, Japan. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Figure skating champion Todd Eldredge (C) chatting w. his pal figure skating champion Tara Lipinski & his coach Richard Callaghan during break in practice session at the Detroit Skating Club (Photo by Taro Yamasaki/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Figure skating champion Todd Eldredge doing stretches at Detroit Skating Club while talking to his coach of 16 yrs., Richard Callaghan, before one of his practice sessions. (Photo by Taro Yamasaki/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
10 Jan 1998: Tara Lipinski looks at the results of her routine with coach Richard Callaghan at the US Figure Skating Championships at the CoreStates Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport
Tara Lipinski of the U.S. gives her coach Richard Callaghan a hug after performing her free program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Lausanne March 22. Lipinski, aged 14 , today became the youngest champion in the history of the event. SPORT FIGURE SKATING
U.S. figure skater Tara Lapinski, 15, wheels her luggage as she and her coach Richard Callaghan walk through Nagano's White Ring arena on her first day at the Olympic skating site,February 5. Lipinski, the defending world champion, came in only second in the U.S. National Championships last month. The 1998 Winter Olympics begin February 7. OLYMPICS FIGURE SKATING
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Callaghan kicked off his career as a professional skater in 1967, touring with the Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice before transitioning to coaching just five years later. He worked in Rochester, Philadelphia, Colorado Springs and San Diego before landing in Detroit in 1992.

Callaghan also served as the longtime coach for Todd Eldredge, the 1996 world champion and a six time U.S. national champion.

The coach announced his resignation from the Detroit skating club in 1999, saying he would retire to Florida at the end of the skating season.

The same year, The New York Times published a bombshell report in which one of his former students, Craig Maurizi, alleged Callaghan engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with him when he was just 15 years old.

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