KATC just received this statement from the University of Louisiana:
Following complaints of students and a staff member of the Louisiana Athletics department, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has terminated head softball coach Michael Lotief, effective immediately.
Lotief violated University and UL System policies by subjecting student-athletes and coworkers to violent, vulgar language and verbal and physical assault, creating a hostile learning and working environment.
“Behavior of this nature will not be tolerated,” University President Dr. Joseph Savoie said. “I want to commend the students for coming forward. They exemplified great courage in sharing their stories.”
A national search for a new head softball coach will begin immediately, according to director of Louisiana Athletics Dr. Bryan Maggard.
According to University Police, there are no pending charges against Lotief.
A national search for a new Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball head coach will begin immediately.
In order to allow the new coach to assemble their team, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has dismissed effective immediately softball assistant coach Chris Malveaux and video coordinator Kate Malveaux, according to a statement from the university.
Shellie Landry will coordinate softball activities.
Dr. Jessica Leger will continue to serve as the sports administrator providing oversight for the softball program.
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