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Women’s Basketball Coach Suspended Amid Investigation into “Personnel Matter”

Allyson Noenickx ’19

Editor-in-Chief

On January 31, Holy Cross Interim Director of Athletics Brendan Sullivan announced that longtime women’s basketball head coach Bill Gibbons has been suspended for the remainder of the 2018-2019 season.

The suspension––effective immediately––is due to an “internal investigation into a personnel matter,” according to the release issued by the College. While the College did not disclose any details regarding the nature of the investigation, it was noted that the action “does not involve a claim of sexual harassment, nor does it involve a student.”

Associate head coach Ann McInerney has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Current director of basketball operations, Sarah Hope, has been named assistant coach for the time being, joining Jeff Kirpas and Danielle Parks.

Coach Gibbons was in his 34th season as the head women’s basketball coach and 38th season with the College’s athletic department. He is the winningest coach in the program’s history, earning a record of 602-401 in 33 years at the helm and winning 11 Patriot League titles during his tenure. Gibbons secured his 600th victory with the Crusaders just last January, making him only the 21st active Division I coach to do so at the time.

Gibbons is a Worcester native and Clark University alumnus. A fixture in Holy Cross basketball and the greater Worcester community, Gibbons was awarded the prestigious Paul N. Johnson Award, given annually to a member of the Worcester community who has greatly contributed to Worcester area basketball.

According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, in 2013 Gibbons voluntarily went on paid administrative leave after a former player filed a civil suit against him, alleging that he physically and verbally abused her.

After the College conducted a thorough review of the lawsuit’s allegations, Gibbons was reinstated to his position in January 2014 and the parties reached a confidential settlement in August 2014.

Interim head coach McInerney is in her 11th season with the Holy Cross basketball program. She is an alumna of Assumption College and a member of their Hall of Fame. The Crusaders currently stand at 12-9 overall.

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