By Robert Haugh
A couple of weeks ago, John Bitter, the former CEO of the Santa Clara Swim Club, was charged with multiple felonies in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He allegedly misappropriated at least $600,000 from the organization.
Bitter was a leader in the Santa Clara Swim Club organization for decades. The Club has approximately 1,200 swimmers.
Bitter also helped former Councilmember Kevin Moore in his efforts to move the International Swimming Hall of Fame to Santa Clara from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. That move fell apart last summer when they decided to snub Santa Clara and stay in Florida, as we reported.
Bitter was arrested in Arizona and extradited back to Santa Clara County. He owns the Tipsy Coyote Bar & Grill in Scottsdale, Arizona. He will be back in court on June 20 for a plea hearing.
The news about Bitter’s firing by the swim club first broke last fall. Here’s what Swimming World reported:
“John Bitter was relieved of his duties as Head Coach and Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Swim Club (SCSC) after the club learned of financial irregularities with its account according to multiple Swimming World sources. A letter was sent out to the members of SCSC on Saturday indicating that over $600,000 was misappropriated.”
We’ll continue to follow this story as it unfolds.