Former Lady Vols athletic director Joan Cronan is coming to Julie Hermann's defense. In a statement released on Tuesday, Cronan says she does not recall Hermann's time at UT as being an "abusive situation."
Last Sunday, the New Jersey Star Ledger published a report claiming Hermann was verbally abusive towards her players when she was the volleyball coach at UT from 1991-1997. The report also included information about a signed letter from the entire volleyball team accusing her of mental and verbal abuse. Herman resigned as the Lady Vols volleyball coach in 1997.
In her statement on Tuesday, Cronan said, "I hold Julie Hermann in high regard, and I believe she is well-prepared for her new role at Rutgers University. My recollection of the time Julie was at the University of Tennessee is that it was a very frustrating time for everyone connected with the volleyball program, which had performed far below our expectations. However, I do not recall it being an abusive situation. After Julie's sixth season as the head volleyball coach, I decided that a change was needed, and I moved Julie to a position in athletics administration. Clearly, I am disappointed that some of the players did not have a positive athletics experience at the University of Tennessee."
WBIR requested Hermann's personnel file. The letter detailed in the newspaper article was not in that file.
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