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Seattle Hires Coach that Alleged VCU Fired Him Because He Is Gay

By January 29, 2013

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Last November, I reported on a story out of Virginia Commonwealth University in which the head coach of the women's volleyball team was let go and alleged that it was because of his sexual orientation. James Finley believed that the new athletic director had problems with him and filed a complaint with the university regarding his firing. The university's investigation ruled that no discrimination was involved in the decision not to renew Finley's contract.

Finley is putting that all behind him now as he was just hired as the head coach at Seattle University. He'll have his work cut out for him there. The Redhawks bring back several returning players but had a rough season in 2012 with the team's head coach on maternity leave. They finished the season with a 4-14 record, placing them second to last in the Western Athletic Conference. Former head coach Shannon Ellis resigned in November after nine years at the helm in order to focus on her family.

Finley hopes to revitalize the program which has had a few winning seasons in the past decade but has yet to break through. Good luck to Coach Finley. Here's to moving forward.


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