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Former Iowa head women’s volleyball coach provided impermissible benefit to a prospect

Download the May 2020 Universtiy of Iowa Negotiated Resolution Agreement

A former Iowa women’s volleyball head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he impermissibly gave $2,000 to a prospect, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions. The former head coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance because of his personal involvement in the violations.

The university, the former head coach and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed the violations occurred because the prospect, a transfer student-athlete, was not academically eligible to receive an athletics scholarship and needed assistance with living expenses while she took summer courses. The former head coach said he felt responsible for the prospect because he also had recruited her to play at her previous school and left before she enrolled.

In order to help with her living expenses, the former head coach provided the prospect with money on two occasions, according to the agreement. The former head coach said he originally intended the money to be an advance for what the prospect would earn working at his volleyball camp later that summer. However, the head coach agreed she was paid for working at the camp and the advance was not paid back.

This case was processed through the negotiated resolution process. It was used because the university, the former head coach and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interests of the Association and whether the agreed-upon penalties were reasonable. Negotiated resolutions may not be appealed and do not set case precedent for other infractions cases.

The university, the former head coach and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university and Level II-aggravated penalties for the former head coach. Those and other penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:

  • One year of probation.
  • A fine of $5,000.
  • A reduction of women’s volleyball evaluation days by 3.75% for a total of 77 days.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former head coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
  • The former head coach must be suspended from 30% of contests during the first year of the show-cause period.
  • A vacation of records of contests in which the student-athlete participated while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 14 days of the public release of the decision.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from the NCAA membership and the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case were Bobby Cremins, former head men’s basketball coach at Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and College of Charleston; Thomas Hill, chief hearing officer for this case and senior vice president emeritus at Iowa State; and E. Thomas Sullivan, president emeritus of Vermont.