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Sasha and Malia Obama’s tennis instructor and the former Yale women’s soccer coach indicted

Mar 13, 2019 by

  • Gordon Ernst, former head coach at Georgetown – and the Obamas’ tennis instructor – charged in connection to college-admissions bribery scheme
  • Federal investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues netted nearly 50 people, among them nearly a dozen coaches, accused of accepting bribes
  • Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman charged among 33 parents with paying bribes to get their children into top colleges
  • Ernst allegedly received bribes totaling more than $2.7million to pass off Georgetown applicants as tennis recruits 
  • Rudy Meredith, former head coach of Yale University’s soccer team, allegedly accepted $400,000 to help teen get into Yale on soccer scholarship
  • William Rick Singer, who founded college consulting business Edge College & Career Network, has been identified as suspected mastermind of the scheme
  • Singer allegedly staged photo shoots for his clients’ children showing them playing sports, and even PhotoShopped their faces onto stock photos

A former Georgetown University tennis coach who at one time was the instructor of First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters was among the 50 people indicted this morning in a sweeping college admissions scandal.

The bribery scheme, which allegedly also involved actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman, entailed getting students admitted to some of the top schools in the country as recruited athletes – regardless of athletic ability – and helping those applicants cheat on their entrance exams.

Gordon Ernst, who until last year was employed as the head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Georgetown, was named in the bombshell indictment, along with long-time Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith.

Gordon Ernst
Malia Obama playing tennis at University of District of Columbia in 2012

Gordon Ernst, former head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Georgetown – and Malia Obama’s (right) ex-tennis instructor – has been charged in connection to a massive college-admissions bribery scheme

William Rick Singer, who founded the college consulting business Edge College & Career Network, also known as The Key, has been identified as the alleged mastermind of the scheme

William Rick Singer, who founded the college consulting business Edge College & Career Network, also known as The Key, has been identified as the alleged mastermind of the scheme.

Source: Sasha and Malia Obama’s tennis instructor and the former Yale women’s soccer coach indicted | Daily Mail Online

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