Posted May 28, 2013

Rutgers AD Julie Hermann at center of sex discrimination lawsuit in addition to abusive coaching accusations

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Julie Hermann, Rutgers' recently appointed AD, will keep her job despite allegations of abuse. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Julie Hermann, Rutgers’ recently appointed AD, will keep her job despite allegations of abuse. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Julie Hermann, Rutgers’ recently hired athletic director, was at the center of a sex discrimination lawsuit in addition to an abusive coaching scandal, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Hermann was hired on May 15 and is scheduled to officially start on June 17, but various reports about a rocky past have led to intense scrutiny.

According to the New York Times report, Hermann was involved in a sex discrimination lawsuit in 2008 at Louisville, where she served as a senior athletics administrator. Mary Banker, an assistant track and field coach, voiced concerns to Hermann about sexist behavior and “discriminatory treatment” by the head coach. Banker also took her concerns to the Human Resources department, and within three weeks, she was fired. The lawsuit holds Hermann responsible for the decision to fire Banker.

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Earlier on Saturday, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Hermann quit her job as the women’s volleyball coach at Tennessee 16 years ago after her players accused her of calling them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.” Hermann denied the allegations, and Rutgers president Robert Barchi stood by her, according to an ESPN New York report:

“It’s absolutely not true that I referred to them with any name calling like that,” Hermann said Monday. “That’s not part of my vocabulary.

“Am I an intense coach? Absolutely as many coaches are. There’s a big canyon between being super intense and abuse. This was not an abusive environment. Was it challenging? Yes. It was incredibly challenging. Was I aware players were unhappy? I was unaware by the end of the season. We had so many challenges with this group of women.”

Barchi issued a vote of confidence and told Hermann her job was safe. From the ESPN New York report:

“We remain confident that we have selected an individual who will work in the best interests of all of our student athletes, our athletics teams, and the university,” Barchi said.

“It’s been communicated to me (by Barchi) that I’m the athletic director and will lead Rutgers into the Big Ten,” Hermann said.

Hermann did not respond to an email following the New York Times report.


19 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Rutgers chose a woman's volleyball coach from Tennessee to be their AD? Wow, you guys are big time!

poindexter
poindexter

Guilty before a trial. Lets use the  media to try, convict and sentence. Let the facts come out before we decide this woman's fate.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

The larger issue is that Rutgers was in an embarrassing situation prior to making their new AD hire as we all know.  In light of this, due to everything that had transpired, it was important that they triple check the background, vette like they had never done before.  This was evident to everyone, that this kind of extra scrutiny be undertaken due to what had happened previously.  Others at Rutgers need to be let go too.  Even if it was a team hire, team decision, one person must have had more weight, maybe the person she will report to?  Someone else?  Even if they used an outside firm to help with the search (I don't know if they did), it doesn't matter... someone needs to be let go...

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Hermann's response to the lawsuit:

a) I don't remember

b) There is not a video

c) Wow!

d) All the above. 

joeshine730
joeshine730

Shame on Rutgers Athletics for becoming a national joke and hiring some amazon abusive lonely barren woman Hermann who disdains family values and mocks childbirth. So much for Rutgers Athletics having a warm family atmosphere and nurturing of love and caring for one another. Good I am glad.

M20
M20

Rutgers, what a disaster

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Well, except for being an abusive coach, AND lying about that wedding, AND being involved in a sex discrimination lawsuit, she is an ideal candidate for the AD job at Rutgers.

aeppbp
aeppbp

So this is not discrimination? Apparently we cannot say woman either.  Fire the new AD and President. 

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

What is wrong with Rutgers?? Did they not properly vet her beforehand?

muser
muser

The secret here is not to use gay words. You can beat them, berate them, illegally fire them, lie about it, whatever you like. Just don't call them gay. 

JonEdwardBrenneman
JonEdwardBrenneman

@poindexter - the facts are she did quit as volleyball coach after being summoned to a meeting where every member of her team had signed a letter to the school president, she was found liable for the firing of Ginger Hineline in a court of law and she was found culpable in the unlawful firing of Mary Banker just 3 weeks after she complained to Hermann about sexual harassment.  She has had her day in court - twice!

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

@Rickapolis I think you mean that anyone who is an abusive coach, lies about that wedding and has been involved in a sex discrimination lawsuit is an ideal AD candidate for Rutgers. :)

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@DjangoZeaman She passed the vetting process. So think what you will about the company that performed that service.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@DjangoZeaman I read one account that said she was not on the list recommended by the consultants, but that her name was added by the search committee