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Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun accused of sex discrimination

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination by a former affiliate athletic director on the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III faculty the place Calhoun now works.

Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court towards the small Catholic faculty in West Hartford, which started admitting males in 2018. She alleges violations of Title IX, the federal legislation designed to make sure equal alternatives for ladies and ladies in schooling, together with athletics.

Piscitelli’s attorneys say she was fired in June after complaining in regards to the conduct of males within the athletic division, together with the 77-year-old Calhoun, whom she alleges helped flip the division into “a boys club” after he was employed to kind and coach the varsity’s males’s basketball group.

Diana Sousa, a faculty spokeswomen, mentioned the college doesn’t touch upon pending litigation.

“We have received and are reviewing the lawsuit,” she mentioned in an e-mail. “The University of Saint Joseph takes compliance with all matters relating to Title IX very seriously.”

A message looking for remark was left for Calhoun, who isn’t named as a defendant within the lawsuit. The swimsuit seeks Piscitelli’s reinstatement, again pay and different unspecified financial damages.

Piscitelli alleges, amongst different issues, that the previous UConn coach as soon as known as her “hot” and compelled her to carry out menial duties, together with opening the door to Calhoun’s workplace for him, even when he had the keys.

“There was an instance in which Calhoun knocked a number of single-serve coffee ‘K-cups’ onto the floor and stepped on them, creating a mess of coffee grounds and packaging on the floor and made plaintiff clean them up, stating that if he made such a mess at home, his wife would clean up after him,” in accordance with the lawsuit.

Piscitelli additionally alleges that she was belittled by different male members of the athletic division who obtained preferential remedy and would “frequently leave work to play golf with Calhoun during the workday.”

Calhoun, who has a lifetime teaching document of 889-392, retired from UConn in 2012 with three nationwide titles. He turned UConn right into a feeder faculty for the NBA, sending greater than two dozen gamers to the league, together with Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton and Kemba Walker. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2005.

Calhoun mentioned he returned to teaching (regardless of battling abdomen most cancers) as a result of he favored the thought of constructing a program from scratch. He recruited the Saint Joseph group (17 freshmen and three transfers), put collectively the schedule and led fundraising for a brand new gymnasium.

He guided the group to 16-12 document in its inaugural yr and received a particular ESPY award in July for his profession because the nation’s “Best Coach.”

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