Feb. 2, 2023 — Dying by 16 cuts
Final week, the listing of coaches accused of wrongdoing elevated by one, because the Boston Globe printed accounts of abusive language and conduct in opposition to Harvard girls’s ice hockey head coach Katey Stone.
Stone has constructed a legendary resume since taking the job in 1994. She has greater than 500 wins, and has coached such luminaries within the sport as Angela Botterill, A.J. Mleczko, Julie Chu, and Angela Ruggiero. These 4 performed internationally, and in 2014, Stone was tapped to teach Workforce USA within the Sochi Olympics. In these video games, the U.S. made the ultimate however misplaced an time beyond regulation thriller to Canada.
Stone’s resume at Harvard has one main trophy: the 1999 American Girls’s Faculty Hockey Alliance match title. As soon as sanctioning of the game was turned over to the NCAA, Stone and the Crimson have come painfully shut on a number of events to successful a nationwide championship.
There have been some years, nonetheless, when the group has discovered the going tough. Since Harvard completed runner-up to Minnesota within the 2017 Last 4, Harvard didn’t see the NCAA Match for six years. This yr, the Crimson are 7-13-3.
The report final week within the Boston Globe associated the experiences of roughly 16 former gamers who painted a portrait of a coach making a tradition of concern. The coach was reprimanded for a tirade she directed in opposition to her group after dropping within the ECAC postseason match, together with using the time period, “too many chiefs and never sufficient Indians.”
The incident was reported to the Harvard Division of Athletics, which did a complete overview over the spring and early summer time earlier than coming to a call in July of final yr. Stone was allowed to retain her place, however three First Nations figures with the group — assistant coach Sydney Daniels and gamers Maryna Macdonald and Taze Thompson — left this system.
Within the wake of the Globe report, Harvard has refused remark to the media, however the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Canada have despatched a letter to the college demanding Stone’s resignation.
Now, I’m not in any place to guage Stone’s guilt or innocence right here. I’ve seen too many instances when coaches are accused of abuse — usually when a group is in a poor run of kind — and sufficient gamers testify to abusive conduct in an try and get the athletic division to do away with the coach. 5 years in the past, there was a scenario at Lehigh College when head coach Caitlin (Williams) Dallmeyer was accused of abusive conduct, however she was finally vindicated.
However the variety of gamers cited within the Globe report is important. It’s form of like attempting to filter by way of the repeated allegations in opposition to the likes of Rory Dames, or Harvey Weinstein, or Paul Riley. Or, for that matter, Invoice Cosby.
I can not say it seems to be good for Stone, regardless of the entire good she has completed in practically 30 years at Harvard.