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University of Louisiana-Lafayette fires softball coach

2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, November 02 2017 Nov 2, 2017 November 02, 2017 6:54 AM November 02, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Advocate

LAFAYETTE- Following complaints of students and an athletics department staff member at the University of Louisiana at Lafaytette, the school has fired softball coach Michael Lotief, effective immediately.

In a news release Wednesday, the university says Lotief violated university and University of Louisiana System policies by allegedly subjecting student-athletes and co-workers to violent, vulgar language and verbal and physical assault, creating a hostile learning and working environment.

Lotief, who's been on leave since Oct. 6, joined the program in 2001 as a volunteer coach. He became co-head coach with wife, Stefni, from 2003-2012, and was named sole head coach before the 2013 season. The team went 47-8 last season, winning the Sun Belt Conference title.

Athletics director Dr. Bryan Maggard says a national search to replace him will begin immediately.

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