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Virginia Wesleyan softball coach receives reprimand

Misconduct occurred during NCAA DIII Softball Championship

Virginia Wesleyan head softball coach Brandon Elliott has received a reprimand from the NCAA after misconduct at this year’s Division III Softball Championship in May in Oklahoma City.

The reprimand is for Elliott’s public criticism of game officials Friday, May 26, during Game 5 of the championship. There are no additional penalties associated with the announcement.

The NCAA Division III Softball Committee reviewed the matter and issued the reprimand. NCAA rules define misconduct as any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship, that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics.

 “The Division III Softball Committee was disappointed with the display of unsportsmanlike behavior by Virginia Wesleyan University’s coach during the Division III Softball Championship,” said Michelle Manning, chair of the committee and current associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Ithaca. “We believe the championship is discredited by these types of behaviors, and we expect coaches to represent their university and the Association appropriately and conduct themselves in a manner befitting the championship.”