Rutgers AD has not considered resigning
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Julie Hermann has not considered resigning as Rutgers’ incoming athletic director following reports that 16 years ago she humiliated and emotionally abused players while coaching the women’s volleyball team at Tennessee.
Speaking to reporters Monday on a conference call, Hermann denied having knowledge of a letter that the 16 Tennessee players submitted to the school. Rutgers officials, however, have talked to her about it in recent days.
Hermann, 49, acknowledged she was an intense coach and might have made a few mistakes handling her team. Hermann says she has matured and believes she is qualified to lead the scandal-marred Rutgers athletic program.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said he plans to examine the appointment before Hermann begins June 17.
Hermann also issued a statement through the school Monday afternoon.
The text of her statement:
“Throughout my career, I have worked with an unwavering commitment to the interests of student athletes. I have worked to demonstrate that women deserve places of leadership in university athletics and to ensure that student athletes are treated with the respect and dignity. That is what makes the allegations made by some of my former student athletes at the University of Tennessee so heartbreaking.
I know the recently published story has caused distress. I was never notified of the reported letter outlining the concerns of some former athletes. However, I am truly sorry that some were disappointed during my tenure as coach. For sure, I was an intense coach, but there is a vast difference between high intensity and abusive behavior.
On the matter of the litigation, that issue was addressed many years ago and was known to Rutgers. I am sorry for the confusion I created by misspeaking about the existence of a video tape. It was recorded nearly 20 years ago and I simply did not recall the video tape until I saw it in media reports.
Over the years, I have tried to learn from each mistake, including the lessons I learned as ayoung coach. I have become a stronger leader, administrator, and educator as a result. If you look at my 25-year career in athletics, I … [For more on Rutgers AD says she has not considered resigning, click here.]