Brendan Faherty, who spent one season as the women’s soccer head coach at Yale University after three years at Stony Brook in a similar position, has been relieved of his duties with the Bulldogs.
According to a report in the Yale News, Faherty left his job at Yale following allegations of impropriety with his former players at the University of New Haven, where he served as head coach. The improprieties include one of sexual misconduct and one involving a consensual sexual relationship, the report said.
A statement on the Yale women’s soccer page said Faherty is no longer the head coach. “Assistant coaches Sarah Martinez and Sade Ayinde will lead the program in the interim with the full support of the Yale University Athletic Department,” the two-paragraph statement read.
The Yale News said it interviewed seven women who played for Faherty between 2003 and 2009 at New Hampshire. Five people interviewed said that the now-former Yale head coach “demanded a former player sleep in his bed” in January 2009.
Another former player spoke of a consensual physical relationship she shared with Faherty while she was on his team and for several years after, the report said. No one involved in the alleged incidents was under the age of 18.
Faherty departed Stony Brook in December 2018 after three seasons as the head coach of the Seawolves women’s soccer team. In two of his three seasons on Long Island, he and his coaching staff were twice named American East Coaching Staff of the Year (2016 and 2018).
In a statement to the New Haven Register, Yale officials said, “On November 18, 2019, the Yale Daily News shared deeply troubling information with the university, none of which was made known to the university in the interview and vetting process. As of November 20, 2019, Mr. Faherty is no longer employed by the university.”
Read the full Yale News report.