Update, 5:37 p.m.: This investigation comes on the heels of an alleged suicide attempt by one of the players. “The player’s friends say she is home with her family and getting better,” according to WJLA.
Original post: The Head Coach for the Georgetown women’s basketball team, Keith Brown, has been placed on paid administrative leave after allegations of misconduct surfaced two weeks ago. Assistant Coach Tim Valentine was also placed on leave. While the reasons for Valentine’s suspension are unclear, Brown has been accused of inappropriate language and unprofessional conduct.
WJLA broke the story earlier this week, and a statement released by Stacy Kerr, Georgetown’s assistant vice president of communications, confirmed that an investigation is active. Apparently students initially voiced the concerns about demoralizing and demeaning language that Brown allegedly employed to get results.
However, Tuesday evening, five underclassmen members of the squad came to the defense of their head coach. “The swearing, it’s never towards a player,” said freshman guard Jade Martin. “He’s trying to get his point across.”
Sophomore guard Katie McCormick agreed with Martin, “I think a lot of this is blown out of proportion. It’s unnecessary.”
Prior to his promotion to head coach, Brown served as an assistant coach for Georgetown. Over the past few years, the program has lost a few players, which WJLA says is due in part to Brown’s tough coaching style. However, the reason behind the departure of players like junior guard Jasmine Jackson have not been confirmed. All signs do point to coaching methods; with Head Coach Terry Williams-Flournoy at the helm during the 2011-2012 season, the Hoyas finished the season at 23-9. In Brown’s debut year, the Hoyas finished at 15-16, even with WNBA recruit Sugar Rodgers.