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Ex-USC Coach Out As Head Coach For USA Swimming

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Mark Schubert, the women's head coach for the U.S. swimming team, attends the USA Swimming Press Conference prior to the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the main Olympic press center on August 11, 2004 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Mark Schubert, the women’s head coach for the U.S. swimming team, attends the USA Swimming Press Conference prior to the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the main Olympic press center on August 11, 2004 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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(CBS/AP)–A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Mark Schubert is out as head coach of the U.S. national swim team, and an e-mail confirms the decision.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because USA Swimming has not commented publicly on Schubert’s status, says Schubert will not be returning from a 60-day leave of absence that still hasn’t been explained.

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus wrote in an e-mail obtained by the AP that Schubert “is no longer the National Team Head Coach.” It says that swimming’s governing body will soon be announcing the process for hiring a new team leader. USA Swimming spokeswoman Jamie Olsen declined to comment on Schubert’s status.

Schubert has been a six-time Olympic coach, and took over the newly created role of national coach after the Athens Games. He was leading the team for Michael Phelps’ eight-gold-medal performance in Beijing.

Schubert was also head coach for the USC’s  mens and women swim team.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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