SUNY Buffalo State announced Wednesday afternoon that Syracuse-based law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC has completed an independent review of the Buffalo State women's soccer program.
The law firm conducted an in depth review of the soccer program including its leadership, as well as the complaints that were raised by a group of current and former women's soccer players in the fall.
Timothy Gordon, vice president for Student Affairs at Buffalo State, says the law firm conducted 33 individual in-person interviews in December 2019 and January 2020. These interviews involved current and former athletes, the head athletic trainer, the associate director of athletics, the senior woman administrator/associate director of athletics, the director of athletics, the current assistant women’s soccer coaches, and the head women’s soccer coach.
According to Gordon, the results of the review did not substantiate complaints regarding the handling of student-athlete injuries, mental health, or physical well-being. Investigators also concluded that no NCAA violations have occurred.
The report did confirm concerns about leadership style, professionalism, and team culture; having an atmosphere that is inconsistent with Buffalo State's values.
Gordon says the college must strive for a better environment, leadership, and overall experience for our student-athletes. However, Gordon has not reached a decision regarding the program's leadership next season. He says a decision should be made in a few weeks.
The men's soccer head coach, Francesco Cardillo, will continue to oversee the women's program in the meantime.
Meanwhile, Nicholas DeMarsh currently remains as an employee of the college and athletic department. Gordon says DeMarsh will continue to focus on his duties as fitness center manager.
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