John Geddert

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John Gerald Geddert (December 21, 1957 – February 25, 2021) was an American gymnastics coach. He coached Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber[1] and was a head coach for the London 2012 US Olympic Gymnastics Team. He worked with sex offender Larry Nassar. He was born in Michigan.

Geddert was charged with physical, psychological and sexual abuse.[2] One day after USA Gymnastics announced suspension of Geddert's membership pending investigation into the abuse allegations, Geddert retired from coaching.[3]

On February 25, 2021, Geddert shot himself at a rest area off Interstate 96 in Grand Ledge, Michigan, just hours after he had been charged with 24 felony crimes.[4][5][6] He was 63 years old.[7]

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  1. "John Geddert Biography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 12, 2016.
  2. Palmer, Kara Berg and Ken. "John Geddert, former Olympics coach, dies by suicide after being charged with human trafficking, sex assault". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  3. Turner, Amanda (January 22, 2018). "USAG Suspends Coach Geddert After Abuse Allegations". International Gymnast Magazine Online. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  4. Kozlowski, Kim (February 25, 2021). "Ex-U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Nassar kills himself after being charged". Detroit News. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  5. Li, David K. (February 25, 2021). "Former U.S. gymnastics coach dies by suicide after arrest on sex crimes charges". NBC News. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  6. Oliveira, Nelson (February 25, 2021). "Ex-Olympics gymnastics coach John dies by suicide after being charged with sex crimes, human trafficking". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  7. "John Geddert, who had ties to Larry Nassar, found dead after being charged with human trafficking and sex crimes, officials say By Evan Simko-Bednarski and Amir Vera". CNN. February 25, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.