Duke human resources investigating women’s basketball team
The Duke University human resources department is conducting a review of the women’s basketball program after two players left after the 2015–16 season, the school announced Tuesday.
According to Swish Appeal, the school is interviewing former players and staff members about alleged mistreatment during coach Joanne P. McCallie’s tenure with the program.
“The welfare and success of our student-athletes are among Duke’s highest priorities,” the school said in a statement, according to The News & Observer. “To that end, we are in the process of conducting an evaluation of the Duke women’s basketball program. This effort is led by a Duke human resources professional outside the athletics department. Coach (JoAnne P.) McCallie is aware of the evaluation and eager to assist. We look forward to hearing the insights of those involved in the program and any recommendations that may result from this evaluation.”
Players Azura Stevens and Angela Salvadores announced that they were leaving the program at the end of the season. Stevens, who led the team with 18.9 points per game, is transferring, while Salvadores, a Spanish national, is returning to Europe to turn professional.