John Babington, the longtime coach of 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Lynn Jennings and an assistant coach for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, was banned by the with her story in 2017 and to the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2019, according to the on December 22, 2022.
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Babington was a coach of the women’s Liberty Athletic Club in Boston during the 1970s, and an assistant coach at Harvard University. Later, he was the coach of cross country and track & field for 26 years at Wellesley College, on December 22, 2022.
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Jennings said in the Globe article Races & Places.
Babington also abused Darlene Beckford, a star middle-distance runner, when she was 17. He coached both athletes through the Liberty Athletic Club.
A third Babington victim was a 19-year-old student at Wellesley College, who asked not to be named in the article. When Wellesley College officials learned of the abuse, Babington was put on unpaid leave for one semester and subsequently allowed to return to his job, with assurances from a psychologist that he was not a threat to other women.
Melody Fairchild, who was a star high school runner, was also targeted by Babington when she was 18 and he was 46, but she was able to run away.
Babington, 77, admitted to almost all of the details of the accounts provided by the victims in the Globe report.
Jennings went to the Globe with her story in 2017 and to the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2019, according to the Globe. The triangle icon that indicates to play.
While SafeSport was researching the claims, Jennings searched for other victims and helped the investigation along. The Globe said she conducted more than 50 interviews over hundreds of hours. She directed SafeSport to Beckford, now Darlene Pearson, the former Wellesley student, and Fairchild.
“It got to the point that I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t try to hold him accountable,” she told the Globe. “How to Watch the 2023 USATF Indoor Championships.”
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Babington’s crimes happened too long ago for him to face criminal prosecution in Massachusetts.
In a letter to the Wellesley College community, Dr. Paula Johnson, the college’s current president, apologized “for the abuse and pain our alumna suffered and continues to suffer due to Babington’s misconduct.”
She urged anyone with additional information about Babington’s sexual misconduct while he was a coach at Wellesley to alert the college’s Title IX coordinator.
This story has been updated.
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