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Seattle Pacific did not monitor former head women’s soccer coach

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INDIANAPOLIS — Seattle Pacific did not monitor its former head women’s soccer coach and his operation of the university’s women’s soccer camps, according to a decision issued by the Division II Committee on Infractions. The former coach also did not promote an atmosphere for compliance within his program.

Penalties in the case include two years of probation, a vacation of records in which an ineligible women’s soccer student-athlete participated and a two-year show-cause order for the former head coach. During that period, if the former coach is employed in an athletically related role at a member school, he and the school have an opportunity to appear before the committee to determine if the former coach’s athletically related duties should be limited.

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the committee in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, university and involved individuals must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be used instead of having a formal hearing. The committee held an expedited penalty hearing for the former coach because he did not agree with his penalty.

The former coach maintained two personal bank accounts and used those to process women’s soccer camp and tournament fees totaling $20,125 and a $500 donation to the program. NCAA rules require a university’s athletics budget to be controlled by the university and subject to its normal budgeting procedures, so the use of the two personal accounts for athletics money violated those rules. He gave four high school soccer teams discounted rates for the university’s camp. Those teams paid $150 to $500 less than other teams participating in the same camps and totaled $1,650 in discounted fees. The discounted fees led to ineligible competition by a current women’s soccer student-athlete, who attended the camp as a member of a high school team that received a $500 discount. Finally, the former coach paid a former assistant coach $2,200 in cash outside of the university’s established payroll procedures for working at the university’s camps.

The former coach unilaterally engaged in the conduct without reviewing NCAA rules or asking for input from the university’s compliance staff or athletics director. The committee noted that the involvement in violations demonstrated a lax attitude toward compliance that does not meet the membership’s high standards for head coaches. As a result, the committee found the former coach violated the NCAA head coach responsibility rules and did not promote an atmosphere for compliance.

The university acknowledged it did not regularly review the former coach’s management of the soccer camps, including how the fees were processed and the rates he charged participants. Its compliance system also did not provide sufficient checks and balances to detect and prevent the violations.

Penalties and corrective measures prescribed by the committee include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • A two-year probation period from March 10, 2017, through March 9, 2019.
  • A two-year show-cause order from March 10, 2017, through March 9, 2019, for the former coach.
  • A vacation of wins in which the ineligible student-athlete competed. The university will identify the games impacted after the release of the public report. 
  • The university must undergo a Compliance Blueprint Review, and if it is unavailable, then the university must complete a comprehensive audit of its athletics compliance program by an outside agency (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $2,500 fine.

Members of the Committees on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the Division II Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are John D. Lackey, attorney; Julie Rochester, committee chair, faculty athletics representative and associate professor, Northern Michigan; Carey J. Snyder, associate athletics director at East Stroudsburg; Harry O. Stinson III, associate athletics director of compliance, Central State (Ohio); Jane Teixeira, associate commissioner and senior woman administrator, Pacific West Conference; and Christie L. Ward, senior woman administrator and associate athletics director for compliance at Georgia Southwestern.