US Soccer suspends former Toledo coach’s license after Guardian investigation | Soccer

The United States Soccer Federation has confirmed it has suspended Brad Evans’ coaching license following a Guardian investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the former University head coach from Toledo.

US Soccer said Evans was also barred from the federation’s learning center and removed from any study groups or classes he attended. In addition, the federation informed SafeSport and the management of the Ohio Soccer Association, where Evans was employed after resigning. of Toledo’s work in 2015.

Evans was briefed on all of these actions on Wednesday, US Soccer said.

Matthew Hall’s three-month investigation into Evans’s alleged misconduct released Wednesday morning relied on interviews with former players, coaches, University of Toledo staff and families. former students to reveal the circumstances of the coach’s abrupt departure for the first time. Ohio University, how the school handled reports of his behavior and how he was still allowed to hold top positions in the game in the United States.

The Guardian has also heard multiple allegations from former players and coaches of sexual assault and harassment by Evans and how they were unable to report inappropriate behavior or, if they did, how these reports have been marginalized by a system that is supposed to protect them.

Evans was head coach at Toledo for 13 years before stepping down in 2015. Since then he has resurfaced in leadership roles in football and youth education, serving as Head of Coach Education for the Ohio Soccer Association and coach in the Olympic Development Program in addition to his work as an American football instructor.

One of the former players and coaches to interview was Candice Fabry, who recalled an incident in 2007 when she was assaulted by Evans in a restaurant bathroom during a meeting with the coach , his wife and another member of the coaching staff to accept a role as an unpaid assistant coach.

“I remember my back against the wall. I remember his tongue in my mouth. I remember feeling him pushed against my body. I remember his language. I remember his hands in my pants and in my underwear. And that’s where I leave my body,” Fabry told the Guardian.

When Evans resigned as head coach of Toledo’s women’s program in 2015, a brief announcement from the school’s athletic director gave no reason for the sudden departure, but a statement from Evans released by a local TV channel on the same day referred to dealings with several co-workers. “It was clear that my interactions with these colleagues demonstrated poor judgment on my part and were against university policy, and resigning was best for everyone involved,” Evans wrote.

Two years after his resignation, Evans took on several roles with the Ohio North Youth Soccer Association and its Olympic development program and as an American football coaching instructor.

The University of Toledo did not respond to specific questions from the Guardian regarding the allegations of former players and coaches in this story. In an emailed statement, Adrienne King, the school’s vice president of marketing and communications, wrote:

UToledo conducted an investigation following a report by a student-athlete in January 2015 of verbal harassment from Brad Evans, who at the time was the head coach of the women’s soccer team. The investigation revealed that Mr. Evans’ conduct towards student-athletes may have violated the University’s Standards of Conduct Policy, however, the matter was not referred for possible disciplinary action as at the end of the investigation in March 2015, Mr. Evans had already resigned from his position on February 23, 2015.

On Wednesday, Fabry shared the article and tweeted, “I was groomed, humiliated, manipulated and sexually assaulted. I wasn’t the only one.”

A second installment of The Guardian’s two-part investigation was due to be published on Thursday.

In 2015, I was asked to answer questions about my relationships with some former colleagues. It was clear that my interactions with these colleagues demonstrated poor judgment on my part and were against university policy, and resigning was better for everyone involved.

With the help of counseling, I learned a lot about the causes of my behavior. I am extremely lucky to have my wife’s support in this process. Together, I continue to learn to become a better person.

I am deeply sorry to have disappointed so many people, but I continue to work to create a positive future.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give my point of view.

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