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Women's Golf Team - Uh oh. Not good .


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 5:50 PM
 

http://www.independentmail.com/sports/college/clemson/clemson-investigates-womens-golf-program-365ce098-1252-6acb-e053-0100007fab8b-384750401.html


Clemson investigates women’s golf program




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By Dan Hope of the Independent Mail



An investigation by the Office of Access and Equity at Clemson University revealed members of the women's golf team described the team's environment as "hostile."

Clemson launched a review into the program after allegations were made about the behavior of head coach J.T. Horton.

A parent of a golfer told a university administrator Feb. 29 that his daughter was "subjected to behavior and communication by Coach Horton causing a hostile environment to her." The parent raised concerns about Horton making physical contact with his daughter that was not sexual in nature but made her uncomfortable.

A letter to the parent from the Office of Access and Equity dated March 17 said the golfer "was concerned about being touched on her shoulders by Coach Horton during a tournament." She also "raised several concerns about Coach Horton's coaching style, communication with the team and her overall relationship with him as a coach." The March letter also spelled out what actions were taken by Clemson.

"There was no violation of any policy," Horton told the Independent Mail on Tuesday. "My goal is always to bring the best out of my players, and we are looking forward to building on the success we have had."

Clemson hired Horton on Aug. 19, 2011, to be the university's first women's golf coach. Horton came to Clemson after four years as the head coach at Tulane University. Through three seasons of competition at Clemson, four members of the team have left the program early.

Ashlan Ramsey, who came to Clemson as the world's top-ranked female amateur golfer and led the Tigers in scoring in 2014, originally planned to stay with the program for four years but left after one season.

"We would have loved for her to stay all four years," Al Ramsey, Ashlan's father, told the Independent Mail on Tuesday. "We're sorry that it didn't work out that way. She loved the school, loves the players there, the golf program but the atmosphere created by the coaches just didn't make it possible for her to continue going to school there."

The university concluded there was "insufficient evidence" to substantiate any violations by Horton of its Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy.

"Our investigation did not find behavior based on any of these factors that contributed to the issues being experienced on the team," wrote Jerry Knighton, director of Clemson's Office of Access and Equity, in the letter. "That said, we did find that the majority of student-athletes on the team expressed concerns and described the environment as hostile."

Joe Galbraith, Clemson associate athletic director of communications, issued a statement Tuesday to the Independent Mail. The statement is: "Earlier this spring, an issue regarding women's golf was brought to the attention of our athletic administration. We immediately forwarded the concern to the Office of Access and Equity, which conducted a thorough review of the situation and determined there was no violation of university or department policy. Following the review, the athletic department immediately implemented suggested actions and is moving forward with those adjustments."

When asked if Horton had been reprimanded, Galbraith said the issues have been fully addressed with Horton.

Following the investigation, Clemson decided to have one of two female associate athletic directors — Loreto Jackson or Natalie Honnen — accompany the team on the remainder of its trips this past season. Additional actions were suggested to Dan Radakovich, Clemson's athletic director, "that may be taken to address some of the issues identified in hopes that the overall environment may be improved."

According to the letter, "similar allegations" were investigated in the past. According to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the team, Clemson conducted an investigation into Horton's behavior following an incident that took place in December 2014.

Another golfer who left the program early was Lauren Stephenson. Clemson's first women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Stephenson announced June 5 she was transferring to Alabama, also after just one season in Horton's program. At the time she announced her transfer, Stephenson told the Independent Mail she decided Clemson "just wasn't the right fit."

"That was a really hard decision because Clemson was my dream school, but I knew that if I really wanted to get to that next level, I needed a coach that supported me and would help push me to get to that level," Stephenson said.

Lauren Salazar, who played three seasons at Clemson and graduated in May with a degree in financial management, transferred to Maryland for her final season of eligibility as a graduate student.

T.L. Hanna product Riley Lovorn left the program in 2015, also after just one season at Clemson, and transferred to Anderson University.

Brad Senkiw contributed to this report. Follow Dan Hope on Twitter @Dan_Hope

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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 5:54 PM
 

Some things just seem a little obvious.

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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 5:57 PM
 

If he is responsible for Ramsey leaving he should have been let go earlier. Not only did it hurt the program but her career moving forward.

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Sounds like the administration needs to address needs

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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6:00 PM
 

of the athletes, not the coach. Do the right thing, Clemson.


I am sure Clemson will do whats right but


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6:33 PM
 

you have to do your due diligence. Firing him over something that hasn't been proven will probably find its way into court but I am not sure how the whole firing process works within a university's athletic department and the contracts of the coaches but if its me I try to buy his contract and send him on his way. When you start to lose some of talent this guy has lost there is something wrong, especially when these girls loved Clemson and wanted nothing more than to be at Clemson.....


I don't disagree, but clearly

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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 6:34 AM
 

SOMETHING is going on. The need to attach a female AAD to all golf trips as a chaperone raises some big red flags to me. It's one thing to have a coach with a gruff personality, it's another thing altogether to have a coach who's hostile, and possibly unpredictably so. Clemson does not need that, and a promising new program especially does not need that. It's detrimental to the team and its future.

I doubt the coach's buyout clause is very painful to invoke...just exercise it and move on.


Who do we need to hire, T_I_P?


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6:06 PM
 

I know nothing bout the best wimmenz coaches out there. But we need a coach that promotes a more nurturing and easygoing environment.

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Re: Who do we need to hire, T_I_P?


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6:41 PM
 

It is pretty obvious that the women's golf program needs a "Dabo" type coach. This team could have been #### on wheels if these girls had stayed with the program. The coach needs to go.

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womens coach at Arkansas Shuana Estes is from Orangeburg


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 7:31 PM
 

Do we have a donor with wal mart type money? Maybe we could get her...????

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Why continue with this A-hole? Sounds like


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6:45 PM
 

a real ####### at best.

Let's create a hostile environment, that should work.

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yep. This one sounds simple


Posted: Jun 28, 2016 7:28 PM
 

If this is something that has gone on over a period of time and the majority all claim harassment of some type perpetrated by the head coach then the head coach needs to go. Immediately.

And I agree, if one of the top players in the nation left after a year because of this why was more not done at that time?

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Re: yep. This one sounds simple


Posted: Jun 29, 2016 7:36 AM
 

It's not about one player. Action should never be taken simply because one player was unhappy.

But with that being said, this is obviously a case of lots of players now having the same gripe. I expect action to be taken.


Re: yep. This one sounds simple


Posted: Jun 29, 2016 11:13 AM
 

Anyone tracking transfers in women's basketball?


OMG***


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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 9:10 PM
 

If the majority of the girls say it's a hostile environment, then he probably needs to go. His coaching style might work fine with the guys but maybe he's not cut out to coach ladies. I say send him packing.


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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 9:45 PM
 

This doesn't sound good. How much more will it take before corrective action is taken?!

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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 10:15 PM
 

I believe everyone deserves a fair hearing of the facts but if the following is true:

"Our investigation did not find behavior based on any of these factors that contributed to the issues being experienced on the team," wrote Jerry Knighton, director of Clemson's Office of Access and Equity, in the letter. "That said, we did find that the majority of student-athletes on the team expressed concerns and described the environment as hostile."

The last statement tells me there is a problem with this coach. After serving in the military for 27 years, I've seen my share of hostile work environments and the only way I've ever seen them fixed is to fire the person(s) fostering the hostile environment. Sorry to say that I've never seen "rehabilitation" work in those situations because a hostile environment destroys mutual respect and trust. Once a coach has lost the respect and trust of his players, there is no way to get it back. Best to go ahead and do the inevitable - cut ties and bring in fresh leadership...

If we can fire a football coach for simply not winning enough games then we should darn sure be able to fire a coach for creating such a hostile environment that it is resulting in students leaving the program and school.

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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 1:35 AM
 

Appears Horton may be more suited to coaching football. Too bad the program is facing such difficulty when it's just a couple of years into competition


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This many defections off a team certainly indicates a


Posted: Jun 29, 2016 7:20 AM
 

systemic problem to me. If we don't want to flat out fire the guy, reassign him as an assistant on the men's side, and get someone else to lead the Lady Tigers.

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You don't need a reason to fire a coach other than


Posted: Jun 29, 2016 7:30 AM
 

Win


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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 7:34 AM
 

Get him out of here.

If it were one girl I would think differently but when it is the same thing over and over again maybe just maybe it is the coach.


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