By Lethbridge Herald on September 19, 2020.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s soccer team coaches Jack Reddy and Ilsa Wong have been relieved of their duties, effective immediately, Pronghorn Athletics announced Friday.
The recent breach of COVID-19 sport cohort protocols prompted the university to suspend the women’s soccer program and notify Alberta Health Services.
While Canada West and U SPORT soccer seasons were cancelled this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams were permitted to continue to practise in a cohort setting under regular-season eligibility rules.
Earlier this month, the women’s soccer program was found to be allowing players outside the Horns soccer sport cohort to participate in practices, thereby breaking the university’s sport cohort protocols.
Prior to the halt in team activities, Pronghorn athletes had been adhering to all the guidelines laid out by Pronghorn Athletics and AHS.
During the interruption of training, none of the student-athletes developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
The players are now eligible to return to training.
The Pronghorns are in the process of finding an interim coach and will conduct a comprehensive search for the next head coach of the women’s soccer program in the near future, the U of L said in a news release.
As a human resources matter, the university said it will not make any further comment.