By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph has been fired on Tuesday. She was fired after an investigation, led by independent consultant Littler Mendelson P.C. Employment and Labor Law Solutions Worldwide.
Joseph had been on leave since Feb. 27 when the investigation started. Through the investigation, there were 40 interviews. Joseph was one of the interviews conducted.
In addition, the 2018-19 assistant coaches were interviewed. The playrs, support staff and administrators were also interviewed. The parents of the players were also interviewed.
On Feb. 25, players brought forth their concerns after alleged mistreatment by Joseph. The findings of the investigation found “concerns about alleged emotional or mental mistreatment” by the former head coach.
Joseph’s actions were also considered “bullying” and “emotionally, mentally, and verbally abusive.”
A national search has begun to find her replacement. Her response to the investigation was received on Monday. After meeting with her, Stansbury fired her on Tuesday.
“After learning of the concerns of women’s basketball student-athletes about Coach Joseph’s conduct, Georgia Tech retained the services of Littler Mendelson to conduct an investigation of the allegations,” Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said. “The findings outlined in the report have left us no choice but to dismiss Coach Joseph.
“Student-athlete well-being will always be the top priority of our athletics department,” Stansbury said. “I am disappointed and saddened to learn that the well-being of our student-athletes was being compromised. The findings of the independent investigation make it clear that the dismissal of Coach Joseph is necessary to restore the well-being of student-athletes as the No. 1 priority within our women’s basketball program.”