Madonna University coaches suspended amid allegations of inappropriate behavior

University says it received complaints from both staff members, students

Madonna University has an ongoing investigation into two coaches who have been accused of inappropriate behavior by student athletes.

LIVONIA, Mich.Madonna University has an ongoing investigation into two coaches who have been accused of inappropriate behavior by student athletes.

Women’s volleyball head coach Jerry Abraham and assistant coach Brian McClain have been placed on paid leave.

A statement from Madonna University President Michael Grandillo reads:

“Protecting the health and safety of our students is the first priority of our University - guided by our Franciscan values, which include respect for all people.

“During the week of October 4th, our Athletic Department received complaints from student-athletes detailing allegations of inappropriate behavior involving two women’s volleyball coaches. This led to the paid suspension of both the head coach, Jerry Abraham, and an assistant coach, Brian McClain. The rest of the staff is currently leading that team through practices and games.

“In the days since, after designated University officials met with members of the coaching staff and team, the Athletic Department has received other complaints from both staff members and students from the volleyball team as well as our women’s softball program. Jerry Abraham is also the head coach of the softball team. Other coaches will lead the softball team activities.

“We are taking these complaints seriously and following all legal requirements for documentation. In addition, the complaints will be promptly turned over to a team of independent investigators to determine the facts before the University takes any further action.”

Michael A. Grandillo, president of Madonna University

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