One of the top coaches in U.S. Figure skating has finally been suspended, 19 years after sexual abuse allegations were first made against him by his students. Richard Callaghan’s suspension by U.S. Figure Skating and the U.S. Olympic Committee was first reported by ABC News on March 9.
Callaghan is perhaps best known as the coach of Tara Lipinski, the youngest ever World Figure Stating Champion, who was also a gold medalist at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. A year later, the New York Times published a bombshell report which said that skater Craig Maurizi was accusing Callaghan of sexual abuse. Maurizi had been Callaghan’s assistant at the Nagano Olympics but was no longer working with him when the allegations were published. Lipinski had also began working exclusively with Maurizi at this point.
According to his Facebook page, Callaghan lives in Naples, Florida. At the time of the ABC News report, Callaghan says on Facebook that he is working as a coach at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. Callaghan was a student at Villanova University.