John Trembley, UT's long-time men's swimming and diving coach, has been fired.
Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart sent a letter to Trembley dated January 3 informing him of his termination, effective immediately. In the letter, Hart said Trembley was "terminated for adequate cause, namely gross misconduct."
In Trembley's contract, gross misconduct is defined as: theft or dishonesty; gross insubordination; willful destruction of University property; falsification of records; acts of moral turpitude; reporting for duty under the influence of intoxicants: illegal use, manufacture, possession, distribution, or dispensing of controlled substances or alcohol; disorderly conduct; provoking a fight; and other similar acts involving intolerable behavior by the employee.
Hart has not elaborated on the exact reasons for Trembley's termination.
Trembley was in his 23rd season as the head coach for the men's swimming and diving program and has served in that capacity since 1988. He graduated from UT in 1975. He was assistant coach at UT from 1975-79 before leaving to be the head coach duties at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania from 1980-88. He then returned to UT.
According to the contract, Trembley made a $100,000 annual salary plus additional payments for broadcast appearances and endorsements.
Assistant Coach Lars Jorgensen will serve as the interim head coach for the program for the remainder of the season.
Jorgensen, who is a 1994 graduate and a former swimmer at UT, is in his second season with the Tennessee program after arriving at UT in August 2010 as an interim assistant before being promoted to a full-time assistant on June 30, 2011, assuming the position previously held by the late Joe Hendee. Before arriving in Knoxville, he served for six years as the head coach at Toledo and five years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at LSU