(Updated) Ex-student alleges abuse by Holy Cross basketball coach

coach bill gibbons holy cross
Holy Cross basketball coach Bill Gibbons is facing abuse allegations from a former player.
Credit: YouTube

The women’s basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester will take a leave from his coaching duties while the school investigates claims of abuse by a former player. 

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the college said that coach Bill Gibbons told his team that he was voluntarily offered to step back from coaching duties during the review. Assistant coaches will take over.

The college said that while they review the situation, Gibbons will be on administrative leave with pay.

A former basketball player recruited by the sues the school earlier this week, alleging that Gibbons was verbally and physically abusive and that the school ignored her claims.

Ashley Cooper filed the lawsuit in New York on Tuesday, according to the New York Post.

Cooper, who got a full scholarship to play at the school, left Holy Cross after her claims against Gibbons were allegedly ignored, according to the suit.

Gibbons would allegedly pull the back of Cooper’s shirt collar and squeeze the back of her neck, causing pain, the suit said.

Holy Cross said in a statement early Wednesday morning that it would review the new allegations made in the lawsuit, but that it had investigated previous claims.

“The physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our students is our highest priority at Holy Cross. We just received the lawsuit and are in the process of reviewing it,” said the statement from Ellen Ryder, director of public affairs. “Ms. Cooper had brought her concern to the college and we investigated at that time. The lawsuit we received includes a series of new allegations, and we will now bring in outside counsel to review them.”

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Woman's body found floating in East River in…

A woman's body was found Tuesday morning floating in the East River near Clason Point in the Bronx. The NYPD responded to the scene shortly…

International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

The Word

The Word: Hey girl, it's a girl for…

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 16: 'New Girl,'…

Check out the season premiere of "New Girl," as Jess competes with Jessica Biel for a guy's attentions.

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Style

London Fashion Week recap

London Fashion week gets in on the action with politics, heritage and summertime living.

Food

Padma Lakshmi's recipe for green mango curry

Padma Lakshmi shares her recipe for green mango curry in UNICEF's new book, "UNICHEF."

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…