Exclusive: San Jose State swim coach and whistleblower speaks for first time about sex abuse scandal

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Sage Hopkins, swimming coach at San Jose State University, leads his team against Nevada, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Aquatics Center in San Jose, Calif., their first meet of the season and first since the Department of Justice commended his efforts to protect female athletes from sexual abuse by an athletic trainer. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — San Jose State Swim Coach Sage Hopkins remembers the very worst day of his career. It was a spring afternoon in 2010. He gathered his women athletes next to the pool and broke the news:


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