Updated: 08/28/2014 8:06 PM
Created: 08/28/2014 7:34 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Big changes were announced Thursday within the University of Minnesota’s women's gymnastics team.
The university and head coach Meg Stephenson came to a “mutual agreement” for her to resign, effective immediately.
“After careful consideration, this department felt the need for a change to women’s gymnastics for the good of the students and the program,” Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said. “In the past year, the University conducted two investigations into student and employee complaints about the program. Following those investigations, the athletics department took prompt and appropriate action to address the concerns. Now that those internal investigations are closed and completed, we are looking to the future of the program.”
The university will only say the investigations did not involve criminal allegations and that the Federal Civil Rights Office is also looking into the complaints.
Under Stephenson, Minnesota reached the NCAA Regional Competition every year since 1997, capturing top-ten finishes at the NCAA Championships three times. Stephenson was the 2013 Big Ten, Regional, and National Coach of the Year, and in 2014 was the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading her team to its second consecutive Big Ten regular season championship. She has coached nine Big Ten Individual Champions and six student-athletes to fifteen All-America honors.
“We have decided that the time is right for new leadership in the program,” said Teague. “We appreciate the service of Coach Stephenson and wish her well.”
The university’s two assistant women’s gymnastics coaches will continue with their current assignments during the search for a new coach. Future coaching assignments will be determined when a new head coach is hired, according to the university.