Carmel Clay Schools removes swim coach Ray Lawrence from hall of fame

Corrections & Clarifications: This article has been updated to clarify Jane Doe’s allegations and the

Corrections & Clarifications: This article has been updated to clarify Jane Doe’s allegations and the status of a deposition. 

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Ray Lawrence.

Carmel High School quietly removed Ray Lawrence, a longtime and lauded swimming coach who was banned from USA Swimming in 2011, from its athletics hall of fame.

At the time of the ban a decade ago, USA Swimming gave IndyStar no specifics on the reason but said Lawrence was banned for life for violations that occurred before the current Code of Conduct, which started in the late 1990s. 

Lawrence was the swim coach at Carmel from 1979 to 1994.

Currently, the USA Swimming’s online list of banned and permanently ineligible individuals, says he was banned from USA Swimming on March 8, 2011 due to sexual misconduct.

Ray Lawrence, former Carmel swim coach, in 1993.

Emily Bauer, Carmel Clay Schools spokesperson, said Lawrence was removed from the hall of fame on May 17, when school officials learned the reason for his ban.

In a statement to IndyStar, Carmel Clay Schools said: “The Carmel High School administration has removed Ray Lawrence (coach from 1979-1994) from the Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2011, USA Swimming had issued a lifetime ban of Mr. Lawrence without further information. The determination to remove him from the Hall of Fame was made immediately after learning he was banned due to an inappropriate relationship with a student athlete.”