- Yale women’s soccer goal keeper Jane Buckley wrote an op-ed about the college admissions scandal for the university’s student paper, two months after former coach Rudy Meredith pleaded guilty as part of the scheme.
- Buckley said the program has faced a decade of problems that went ignored by the athletic department until the team made headlines as part of the college admissions scandal.
- She said the program has faced sexist pregame speeches, nonexistent practice sessions, abuses of power, and a plagiarism scandal.
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A Yale University women’s soccer player has revealed that the team has faced a decade of complaints of abuses of power long before it was embroiled in the college admissions scandal.
Jane Buckley, a junior and goal keeper for the school’s women’s soccer team, wrote an op-ed for the university’s student paper, the Yale Daily News, about the program and its former coach Rudy Meredith, who pleaded guilty as part of the college admissions scandal in March.
“For over 10 years, Yale women’s soccer players have raised serious and urgent concerns about the state of our program, and we’ve been completely ignored and undermined,” Buckley said.
She said the team has faced sexist pregame speeches, nonexistent practice sessions, abuses of power, and a plagiarism scandal. She does not detail what the incidents consisted of.
She said her team would raise complains with the “highest-ranking” member of the athletic department, but the women were “reprimanded, and nothing changed.”
“It’s been exhausting, demoralising and more than anything, it’s been classic. Classic in that, for years, our concerns and needs as athletes were dismissed as emotional, dramatic, insignificant. Classic in that we were punished for raising these concerns, rather than heard,” Buckley said.
She said once news of the college admissions scandal broke, the school started to take the team’s concerns seriously.
Meredith pleaded guilty in March after prosecutors accused him of accepting nearly $US1 million in bribes to help students gain admission to Yale.
Meredith, who was the head coach of women’s soccer for 24 years, resigned last November, months before news of the college admissions scandal broke, but after the scheme’s ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, discovered he was being audited, according to court documents.
“It shouldn’t have taken a national scandal and bad press for Yale to care. Our coach was a bad coach a decade before he accepted a bribe at the expense of our program. In fact, he accepted a bribe because until [Athletic Director] Vicky Chun was hired, Rudy Meredith was immune to any consequences for his actions,” Buckley wrote. “Our experiences shouldn’t be validated because it turns out our old coach is a federal criminal.”
Buckley said Chun, who was hired last year after former Athletic Director Tom Beckett retired after 24 years, has allowed her team to be “validated and heard.”
She said now there is a “stellar coaching staff” and an athletic department listens to their concerns. And, Buckley said, the team is looking forward to its upcoming season.
“We are thriving, but it’s no thanks to Yale,” she said.
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