Texas Tech announces terminations of women’s basketball HC Marlene Stollings, assistant Nikita Lowry Dawkins A report from 10 former players detailed allegations of abuse. Getty. "Our administration and my staff believe in the way we are building and turning this program around here,” she said, in part. “I have thoroughly discussed this review with coach Stollings and am confident that we are taking appropriate steps to improve the relationship and communication between coaches and student-athletes so that we can continue to grow the success of our program both on and off the court.". ... University of North Texas at Dallas 3.9. Follow USA TODAY Sports' Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein. Six of the players spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. … “Good evening, I have really appreciated your trust in our conversation these past two days,” Hocutt texted players. Wednesday's report by USA TODAY Sports, in collaboration with The Intercollegiate, was based on season-ending exit interviews with players from the past two seasons, other documents and interviews with 10 players, two former assistant coaches and two parents. “I wanted to let y'all know we have decided to terminate Marlene as our head coach. Texas Tech has fired women’s basketball coach assistant coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins, a school spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday morning. We will be putting out a statement about it tonight. Kirby". The report published Wednesday detailed allegations of verbal abuse, sexual harassment and emotional manipulation. "We know change is difficult and that has been no different at Texas Tech. He sent a text message to team members Thursday night before announcing Stollings’ termination. She was also allegedly told by assistant coach Lowry Dawkins to snap a rubber band on her wrist when she had a negative thought. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt met with Lowry Dawkins Friday morning before terminating her, effective immediately, the spokesperson said.
Emma Merriweather, a 6-5 center, said she was admonished by coaches for displaying symptoms of depression, for which she was eventually diagnosed.
So, such a termination would cost Stollings roughly $2.8 million. The committee concluded its review on June 29 and presented findings to Hocutt on July 3, a school spokesperson said.
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Former Texas Tech center Emma Merriweather claimed in the report that Stollings took her dog away from her and offered it to a booster because the dog distracted her from basketball. Three players said Stollings retaliated by holding tougher practices after they brought abuse claims to school officials, including Judi Henry, executive senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator. UConn Huskies. “Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has announced the termination of Lady Raider basketball head coach Marlene Stollings effective immediately.
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These allegations came from 10 players against Stollings, assistant coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins and strength and conditioning coach Ralph Petrella, who resigned after the season was cut short and before an internal investigation took place. UConn underpaid women, Labor Dept.
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Termination without cause would entitle Stollings to 75% of her remaining basic annual compensation, a total surpassing $2 million. Hocutt fired Stollings on Thursday night.
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt met with Lowry Dawkins at 8 a.m. Friday morning, the spokesperson said, before terminating her, effective immediately. I will set up a Zoom call for us tomorrow to touch base.
Brice Paterik covers Texas Tech sports as a blogger for The Dallas Morning News.
He met with players that afternoon for more than an hour, and subsequently with the team and coaching staff for more than two hours, he said in a statement that evening.
Stollings stood by her coaching philosophies Tuesday. 15h. Stollings, whose contract with Texas Tech ran through March 2024, was due to be paid $740,000 for her 2020-21 contract year, according to copies of the agreement obtained by USA TODAY Sports and the Intercollegiate.
He met with players that afternoon for more than an hour, and subsequently with the team and coaching staff for more than two hours, he said in a statement that evening. "I want our students, fans and alumni to know we are committed to winning championships at Texas Tech and doing it the right way through hard work, accountability and fierce determination.".
If she is being fired for cause, the school's "sole obligation" is to pay her basic annual compensation through the termination date.
Hocutt will hold a video conference call on Friday at 4 p.m.
Texas Tech has fired women’s basketball coach assistant coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins, a school spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday morning.
The committee concluded its review on June 29 and presented findings to Hocutt on July 3, a school spokesperson said. Hocutt will host a Zoom press conference Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Additional information regarding the press conference will be released on Friday morning.”. Hocutt and Stollings each released statements Tuesday to USA TODAY Sports in response to a list of allegations. Texas Women's Basketball head coach Vic Schaefer welcomes a championship-caliber staff with a combined 46 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Forty Acres, he announced on Friday.. Johnnie Harris and Dionnah Jackson-Durrett have been named associate head coaches, while Elena Lovato has been named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. ET to address the decisions further. She was also allegedly told by assistant coach Lowry Dawkins to snap a rubber band on her wrist when she had a negative thought.
Brazil native Marcella LaMark said Stollings told LaMark her fitness lagged so far behind teammates' that she was “dangerous” to them. We will be putting out a statement about it tonight. Texas Tech assistant women's basketball coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins was fired Friday, a day after head coach Marlene Stollings was terminated. Former Texas Tech women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings filed a lawsuit against the school and athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Tuesday. The termination follows a USA TODAY investigation into what 10 players allege was an abusive culture under head coach Marlene Stollings, Lowry Dawkins and strength and conditioning coach Ralph Petrella. "I want our students, fans and alumni to know we are committed to winning championships at Texas Tech and doing it the right way through hard work, accountability and fierce determination.".
Texas Tech has fired assistant women’s basketball coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins, a school spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday morning.
Hocutt terminated Stollings on Thursday night.
Six of the players spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
"Our administration and my staff believe in the way we are building and turning this program around here,” she said, in part.
Ex-women's hoops coach files suit vs. Texas Tech. Update (Aug. 7, 9:13 a.m.): In addition to parting ways with head coach Marlene Stollings, according to USA Today Sports, a school spokesperson says Texas Tech has also terminated the contract of assistant coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins in response to allegations of player abuse. Five players alleged Petrella sexually harassed players, making suggestive comments to one player and using a therapy technique that involved applying pressure to some players’ chests and pubic bones and groins. News, analysis and opinion about the Texas Tech Red Raiders delivered FREE to your inbox. All rights reserved. The termination follows a USA TODAY investigation into what 10 players allege was an abusive culture under head coach Marlene Stollings, Lowry Dawkins, and strength and conditioning coach Ralph Petrella. Texas Tech Lady Raiders . All rights reserved. Some wonderful young women have decided to leave our program and pursue their dreams elsewhere.
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