Stanford University fired sailing coach John Vandemoer after he was accused of involvement in an admissions scandal.

Stanford University

Stanford Coach Fired For Alleged Role In Sprawling Bribery Scandal

KCBS Radio Midday News
March 12, 2019 - 12:56 pm

Stanford University fired its sailing coach on Tuesday after federal officials charged him among 50 people in a wide-ranging probe into bribery in college admissions at elite schools across the country. 

John Vandemoer allegedly accepted financial contributions to Stanford's sailing program in exchange for recommending that the university accept two applicants, according to the federal Department of Justice. 

Neither student was accepted into Stanford, the university said in a statement announcing that Vandemoer had been terminated. 

"However, the alleged behavior runs completely counter to Stanford’s values," the statement said

Vandemoer, 41, who was the sailing coach for 11 years, will reportedly plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Actress Felicity Hoffman and Lori Loughlin were among those taken into custody on Tuesday in Southern California for alleged fraud in the college application and admissions process.

Eleven other people with Bay Area addresss were indicted in the scandal.

Stanford said that it has been cooperating with the federal investigators. 

"The university and its athletics programs have the highest expectations of integrity and ethical conduct," according to the statement.