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Women's soccer coach for Yale University leaves school amid sexual misconduct allegations

New York Daily News — Jessica Schladebeck New York Daily News

Nov. 22--The women's soccer coach at Yale University has left his job at the school after he was accused of sexual misconduct by former players from a Connecticut college where he once worked.

Brendan Faherty's exit from the university comes after allegations against him were published this week in the school's student paper, the Yale Daily News. The report cited interviews with seven woman who played for Faherty while he coached at the University of New Haven from 2003 to 2009.

"Five individuals close to the matter, including the alleged victim herself, said that Faherty demanded a former player sleep in his bed and groped her breasts in January 2009," according to the Yale Daily News.

Another woman said she engaged in a consensual, physical relationship with her coach while she played for the university and for years after. Others suggested that there was always a "culture of impropriety" when it came to Faherty, who also allegedly drank with student athletes and met them out at bars.

The NCAA has no ban on coach-player relationships, but the University of New Haven has long prohibited them. Steven Kaplan, president of the Connecticut school, said it has hired an independent firm to investigate the claims against Faherty.

Officials at Yale did not provide a specific reason for Faherty's departure but referenced the school paper in a statement on the matter.

"Yale hired women's head soccer coach Brendan Faherty in December 2018, following the background check and careful review of previous employment conducted in every such hiring," Vice president for Communications Nick Nickerson told the student newspaper.

"None of the information shared by the Yale Daily News on Monday, which is deeply troubling, was made known in the interview and vetting process."

Faherty's lawyers, Theodore Heiser and Suisman Shapiro, in a statement to the Yale Daily News denied the allegations raised against the career coach.

"Mr. Faherty is deeply disappointed in the allegations from more than ten years ago that have been made in the Yale Daily News and the actions taken by Yale University in response to the report," it reads.

"He denies having engaged in any non-consensual relationships. He further denies having any inappropriate sexual interaction or contact of any kind. Based upon the report, he is no longer employed at Yale."

The allegations mark the second recent scandal faced by the women's soccer team at Yale University. Faherty's predecessor, Rudolph Meredith, resigned in December after becoming ensnared in the Justice Department's "Varsity Blues" investigation into admissions bribery and fraud.

Meredith pleaded guilty in March and awaits sentencing for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were athletic recruits in a bid to boost their chances of admission.

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