BLOOMINGTON — An article from Indiana’s scholar newspaper Monday revealed a tradition of worry inside the ladies’s volleyball program that resulted in gamers transferring and growing psychological well being points.
The article, written by Evan Gerike of the Indiana Day by day Pupil, included accounts from 4 former IU gamers who selected to stay nameless for worry of retribution from head coach Steve Aird. Since Aird took over as IU’s coach in 2017, 15 of the 25 gamers he has recruited have left this system by both transferring, being kicked off the workforce or quitting volleyball altogether.
The previous gamers claimed Aird ran prolonged, punitive drills for gamers that made errors to the purpose of gamers vomiting, dismissed gamers’ claims to obtain psychological well being help by telling them to give up as an alternative and sometimes commented on the burden of gamers, both referring to them as too fats or too skinny.
Requests to interview Aird by CNHI weren’t instantly returned Monday.
IU’s volleyball program has suffered three straight dropping seasons beneath Aird — going from 16-15 in 2018 to 14-19 in 2019, 5-15 in a COVID-shortened 2020 season and 9-15 final season. Aird, 44, was employed Dec. 27, 2017 after a profitable stint turning round Maryland’s girls’s volleyball program, main the Terrapins to an 18-14 document in his closing season on the faculty.
General, Aird’s document is 44-64 at Indiana and 99-138 in his profession.
In keeping with the article, IU affiliate normal counsel James Nussbaum investigated Aird in December 2021 after complaints from mother and father and gamers however didn’t uncover any fireable offenses. Two assistant IU volleyball coaches — Krista Vansant and Daniel Gwitt — left this system for different jobs shortly after the conclusion of the investigation in February.
Aird is making a mean of $256,000 per season per phrases of his contract, which expires in 2024. IU would owe Aird half of that wage all through the deal if he was fired with out trigger.
The IU volleyball program plans to embrark on an 11-day European tour Might 23 by June 3 that features stops within the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Italy.
LEWIS NEW IU FOOTBALL ANALYST
Former IU receiver and present NFL Community broadcaster Rhett Lewis was named the college’s new soccer radio analyst Monday.
Lewis performed at Indiana from 2001-05. He graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in sports activities broadcasting in 2005 and a grasp’s in sports activities administration in 2006.
“You do not cease being a Hoosier once you take the helmet off for the final time,” Lewis stated. “The eagerness ‘For the Glory of previous IU’ all the time stays.”
Lewis replaces Buck Suhr, who retired after a 17-year run as soccer analyst, and can workforce with long-time play-by-play broadcaster Don Fischer. His debut will come Sept. 2 when the Hoosiers open the season internet hosting Illinois.
“I am actually wanting ahead to Rhett becoming a member of our broadcast workforce this fall,” Fischer stated. “Rhett has been a broadcaster ever since he graduated from IU, and his excellence is confirmed by his eight years with the NFL Community and on SiriusXM. He can be a terrific addition to our workforce.”
MOREN NAMED TEAM USA COACH
IU girls’s basketball coach Teri Moren was chosen as an assistant girls’s basketball coach to Crew USA’s 18-under nationwide workforce.
Moren can be an assistant beneath Texas A&M’s Joni Taylor, who will function head coach. Outdated Dominion coach DeLisha Milton-Jones will function the opposite assistant.
“It will likely be an thrilling alternative to work alongside nice coaches and a few of the greatest younger gamers,” Moren stated.
Trials for the 2022 workforce can be held Might 31-June 4 in Colorado Springs, Colo. When the 18-under nationwide workforce is chosen, it would embark as one in all eight groups from North, South and Central America to participate within the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Crew USA has claimed 10 straight gold medals within the event from 2000-18 and is 59-2 all-time in FIBA Americas Cup motion.