These are comments from Clemson Women's Soccer Coach, Hershey Strosberg, Fired that speak louder about our Athletic Department and the raw deal these players received than the piece itself. Although I can't speak for their complete accuracy, I can say that both are consistent with rumblings that I heard last year.
"I am a parent one of those players who left the team after the 2009 season (I believe that 12 -15 left the team in 2009). You really have no idea what the players went thru under this coach (and I am not referring to wins and losses). The AD not only heard complaints from nearly the entire team, but also from alumni and parents. The AD chose to ignore the situation. I hope that the university fully investigates this matter to determine why this situation wasn't addresses a year earlier. I hope that the AD voices his public and personal apology to all players, alumni and partents for not dealing with this sooner and for the emotional harm that this coach inflicted on so many fantastic young ladies."
"The official press release is now on the Tigers website. Apparently the coach was fired because his "energy and passion" did not "translate into competitive success." The AD misses the point. While success on the field is important, the emotional and physical well being of the student athletes should be the university's top priority. What does it say about a coach who ignored the wisdom of the 2008 senior captains. What does it say about the coach when he let his 2009 senior capitans yell and scream at teammates during halftime of games? What does it say about a coach who did not start the 2 remaining seniors for their last game at Clemson. (I could go on and on.) And what does all of this say about an AD who ignored all (but one) of the 2009 players and certain alumni when they pleaded that the AD find a new coach? I didn't see an apology from the AD in the press release. Perhaps a young, investigative journalist should take look into this and publish a story for all to read. Then we would all have an idea of what happened."
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