Holy Cross Coach on Leave in Wake of Players' Abuse Lawsuit

October 17, 2013

The women's basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross went on administrative leave Wednesday, a day after a former player filed a lawsuit accused him and the college of a pattern of physical and verbal abuse that was not stopped, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. Bill Gibbons voluntarily stepped aside, the newspaper reported, after Ashley Cooper, who played on his team for two years, filed a lawsuit accusing him of hitting her on the back and bullying and humiliating her. The lawsuit also alleges that college officials put up with the behavior and failed to stop it. Gibbons declined comment to the newspaper, and college officials said in a statement that they had just received the lawsuit and were investigating its charges. "The physical, mental and emotional well-being of our students is our highest priority at Holy Cross," the college said in a statement explaining the coach's leave.

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