Investigation Finds Stanford Sports Performance Coach Sexually Harassed Softball Players

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    A Stanford coach is no longer with the university after several softball players came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Investigative Reporter Elyce Kirchner reports with details. (Published Friday, Aug 8, 2014)

    A Stanford University sports performance coach is out at the university after several softball players came forward to report allegations of sexual harassment.

    Stanford University’s Title IX coordinator launched an investigation into the Stanford women's softball team’s coaching and training staff earlier this summer. The investigation found a member of the sports performance staff created a "sexually hostile work environment" and is no longer at Stanford University.

    This decision comes months after the softball team’s head coach, John Rittman, abruptly resigned back in June, after 18 years leading the team. The Title IX investigation did not find the head coach, nor any other members of the coaching and training staff, violated the university’s sexual harassment and Title IX policies.

    The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reached out to Stanford University. A spokesperson, Lisa Lapin, said she could not comment on the situation, citing it as a personnel and legal matter.