Former Washington softball coach Teresa Wilson named coach at Texas Tech.
Former Washington softball coach Teresa Wilson, who was removed from her job last December after an internal investigation into the drug-dispensing practices of team doctor William Scheyer, has been named the coach at Texas Tech.
“She’s very excited about it,” said Rayla Allison, Wilson’s lawyer. “It’s what she does best.”
Allison, however, said Wilson still plans to pursue a lawsuit against the UW that alleges sex discrimination, violation of due process, wrongful discharge and breach of contract.
Wilson, who had coached the UW softball team for 11 seasons, was reassigned after school officials said they had found “issues” concerning Wilson as a result of the investigation into Scheyer’s medical practices with the team. Scheyer, 76, agreed to give up his medical license in September to settle a state investigation into the matter. The agreement included no admission of wrongdoing.
Wilson’s suit, filed last April, alleges UW has “put forth no evidence that (Wilson) had any involvement in or knowledge of any medical wrongdoing” and that she was ousted because she was a woman.
Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said he talked to a number of Washington officials before making his decision.
“I’m fully aware of the situation there,” Myers told the Dallas Morning News. “I was convinced she didn’t have any wrongdoing there.”
Allison said the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, is set for trial in September.
“We anticipate going all the way with it,” Allison said.
It is one of two lawsuits by former coaches against UW set to begin trial next year. A suit filed by former football coach Rick Neuheisel is set for next month.
Wilson takes over for coach Bobby Reeves, who was fired in October for what was termed by school officials as “a violation of athletic department policy.”
Reeves was 84-141 overall in five years at Texas Tech and 18-54 in Big 12 games. Tech was 22-36 last season.
Interestingly, Wilson takes over at a school that is embroiled in a drug-related controversy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday that Texas Tech athletic officials approved requisitions for dietary supplements, including some containing ephedra and other banned stimulants. The supplements were purchased by sports nutritionist Aaron Shelley, who has since been fired and last week pleaded guilty to defrauding the school of nearly $500,000.
Wilson, 42, quickly built the fledgling UW softball program into one of the best in the country. She led the Huskies into the College World Series six times. She had a 532-198-1 record in 11 seasons.
After she was reassigned, assistants Scott Centala and Steve Dailey were named co-coaches and led UW to a 40-19 record and a fifth-place finish at the College World Series. In July, UW named Heather Tarr who played for Washington under Wilson from 1994-97 as its new coach.
Allison said Wilson has spent the last year remaining active in softball and pursuing coaching positions. “This is a good fit for her,” she said.
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