Georgetown basketball coaches on leave; school investigates alleged misconduct
Two women’s basketball coaches at Georgetown University have been placed on administrative leave following allegations of “unprofessional conduct and the use of inappropriate language,” according to a report Wednesday from The Washington Post.
Head coach Keith Brown and assistant coach Tim Valentine will remain on paid administrative leave after players complained recently about misconduct. Two assistant coaches will assume head coaching duties while the investigation continues.
Stacy Kerr, Georgetown’s assistant vice president of communications, issued a statement confirming the allegations and subsequent action by the school:
“Two weeks ago, concerns were raised regarding unprofessional conduct and the use of inappropriate language in coaching the Georgetown University women’s basketball team. Georgetown takes very seriously any allegations of misconduct and the university has an established review process that carefully investigates such cases.”
Kerr also referenced in her statement the Georgetown athletic department’ adoption of a new policy last June, “Maintaining Respectful and Professional Relationships with Student Athletes.” Staff members in the department are now required to attend training sessions in order to better understand what constitutes appropriate behavior for coaches, trainers and the student athletes.
According to a report from WJLA in Washington, D.C-Maryland-Virginia, several players on the team said Brown’s treatment left them “broken and demoralized.” The report goes on to say that Brown used “swearing, demeaning, and humiliating tactics” with his players. Two of the players who had been on the team while Brown was on staff reportedly left the Hoyas because of “run-ins” with the coach, according to the report.
In light of the allegations, five current players have said that Brown is “tough but fair.” Hoyas sophomore guard Katie McCormick said she thinks this whole situation has been “blown out of proportion” and believes that Brown is no different from any Division 1 coach:
“I think that any Division 1 program is going to have a coach that is intense and ready to play. I think a lot of this is blown out of proportion. It’s unnecessary.”
Brown is currently entering his second season as head coach of the women’s basketball team. Last season, he finished with a record of 15-16. He had served as the top assistant and head recruiter for the Hoyas during the previous five seasons. Shortly after his appointment as head coach in May 2012, he hired Valentine, who had previously worked as an assistant coach at Elon University in North Carolina.
The Hoyas tip-off their season Nov. 8 at home vs. Richmond.