Rutgers Stands By New AD Amid Allegations of Past Abusive Coaching

Rutgers Stands By New AD Amid Allegations of Past Abusive Coaching

June 02, 2013

Rutgers University is defending Julie Hermann, who is scheduled to become the university's athletic director on June 17, as she faces allegations of abusive coaching. Hermann is accused of being verbally and mentally abusive towards volleyball players she coached at the University of Tennessee in the 1990s. Hermann said that the players' allegations were never brought to her attention while she was at Tennessee and she is "truly sorry that some were disappointed during my tenure as coach." Hermann will replace Tim Pernetti, who resigned in April after Rutgers fired its head men's basketball coach for abusing his players.

The news raised questions about the university's vetting process. Some believe Hermann's past may have warranted further investigation during the search process for her position. People are also questioning whether the Rutgers search committee and the firm it hired did their jobs thoroughly to get all of the available information before making a decision. Rutgers said its hired firm identified candidates and performed background checks on them, which included checking "media reviews for potentially controversial areas of concern," criminal records, college degrees, and references. According to another firm, a standard background check would include reviews of court filings.

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