Featured on 40:     Well Wishes for Alex     Parade Slideshow     Gas Prices     Weather Discussion    

Former Players Defend Holy Cross Women’s Coach


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Former Holy Cross women’s basketball players are coming forward to defend longtime coach Bill Gibbons, who has been accused in a lawsuit by a former player of physical and emotional abuse.

More than 50 ex-players, managers and coaches have signed a letter supporting Gibbons. The letter refers to Gibbons as a “father figure” who always taught them to do the right thing.

Gibbons stepped aside this week while the school looks into allegations by former player Ashley Cooper that Gibbons grabbed her, shook her and struck her at different times. Cooper sued, saying she was forced to give up a full scholarship due to fear of physical pain and retaliation for complaining about Gibbons.

The support letter says Gibbons emphasized sportsmanship and taught his players to become “our best selves.”

Related Stories
Share this story


WGGB encourages readers to share their thoughts and engage in healthy dialogue about the issues. Comments containing personal attacks, profanity, offensive language or advertising will be removed. Please use the report comment function for any posts you feel should be reviewed. Thank you.
blog comments powered by Disqus