The 2017 Stony Brook Women’s Soccer team poses for a photo after its America East Championship victory on Nov. 5, 2017. Former head coach Brendan Faherty, top left, left his position at Yale University on Wednesday after allegations of sexual misconduct and relations with former players at the University of New Haven. ARACELY JIMENEZ/STATESMAN FILE

Former Stony Brook Women’s Soccer head coach Brendan Faherty left his position at Yale University on Wednesday as allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate sexual relations with former players of his came to light, reportedly taking place during his stint as head coach at the University of New Haven from 2003 to 2009.

Faherty coached the Seawolves for three seasons prior to accepting the head coaching position at Yale in December 2018. He was investigated by the Yale Daily News, the school’s newspaper, about his alleged conduct with his players during and after their playing careers under him. The article about their investigation detailed “one [allegation] of sexual misconduct and another of a consensual sexual relationship” that were confirmed by numerous other former athletes and others reportedly close to the matter. Faherty has yet to respond to the accusations as of the time this article was written.

The paper brought their findings to Yale University officials on Monday. By Wednesday, members of the Yale Daily News were informed of Faherty’s departure. 

“Effective immediately, Brendan Faherty is no longer the head coach of the Yale University women’s soccer team,” the Yale University athletics department announced on Wednesday in an online press release. “Faherty went 11-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Ivy League play in his only season.”


The release also notes that Faherty’s former assistants at Stony Brook whom he brought with him to Yale — Sarah Martinez and Sade Ayinde — will now lead the team as co-coaches in the interim. 

Faherty was hired by Yale following the resignation of longtime head coach Rudy Meredith, who coached the team for 24 years before resigning after being discovered to be a part of the ongoing nationwide college admissions scandal

Prior to his hiring by Yale, Faherty led the Seawolves to an America East championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2017, where they lost to Penn State by a final score of 7-0. Prior to Stony Brook, Faherty coached at the University of Washington, UMass and New Haven.


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