Serge Bouyssou, who owns Mayo Quanchi Judo & Wrestling, has been sanctioned by USA Judo and resigned his position as the Scituate High School wrestling team’s assistant coach.
According to a press release, the US Center for SafeSport — an organization that fights against emotional, physical and sexual abuse of athletes — issued a decision that said Bouyssou “violated the applicable policies as outlined in the SafeSport Code for the US Olympic and Paralympic Movement, “specifically “failure to report” claims.
“I can’t really talk about the case except that I vehemently deny the claims I did not report in a timely manner,” Bouyssou said. “It’s going to be going to arbitration but my legal counsel is not letting me speak on the matter. .
“I’ll be more than happy to discuss after it’s cleared up.”
Bouyssou said the claims stem back to October of 2019, which was the first time he “reported to police on that particular matter.” He said police investigated the things he reported, but there were no findings. He wouldn’t specify further.
The sanction isn’t finalized. Bouyssou, who resigned his position on the USA Judo board, said the appeals process is backed up and he won’t be able to appear until March.
Even without the ruling being finalized, Bouyssou — as well as daughter Katelyn, who was also sanctioned — is unable to work in his own dojo. For now, Bouyssou’s wife Elizabeth, his other children and some other instructors will run Mayo Quanchi.
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“I have the absolute support of my membership,” Bouyssou said. “We haven’t lost one member.”
Bouyssou served as an assistant on the Scituate High School wrestling team and said he started collecting a stipend during last season. When asked if he told the school that he had a case pending with USA Judo or about the preliminary ruling, Bouyssou said, “I don’t even know. I’ve been so upset over the whole thing.”
“The school and the school district is not aware of any claims at all,” Scituate High School principal Michael Hassell said. “I am aware Serge has stepped down from his position as assistant coach and removed himself from anything involving wrestling at the high school and middle school right now. That was all as of last week.”
Hassell said there was no community reaction to the ruling against Bouyssou or any negative reaction during his time as the Spartans assistant coach or in his work with the middle school program.
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Bouyssou said he feels like he’s being targeted and the person responsible is weaponizing SafeSport against him.
“The success brings a certain amount of haters. It just does,” Bouyssou said. “People come out of the woodwork because one kid beat somebody else’s kid in 1999.”
Bouyssou also said he and his wife have always tried to do the right thing by the community and worked to change lives for the better.
The Bouyssous have fostered “dozens” of children over the years, as documented in a Providence Journal story from 2009.
One of them was Hope High School wrestling coach Eddie German.
“I owe them my life,” German told the Journal in 2009. “I’m married now and my wife and I have a beautiful baby girl, but I will always be a member of their family.”
“We’ve never done anything but help the community in every way we possibly can,” Bouyssou said. “I’m sure that when we get to arbitration, I will come out OK.”