UCSB terminates longtime track head coach Pete Dolan

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB has terminated Pete Dolan and the longtime head coach of men's and women's track and field and cross-country has retained a Los Angeles-area law firm.

UCSB placed Dolan on administrative leave earlier this year over allegations of misconduct towards student athletes.

An NCAA investigation concerning possible violations of NCAA rules was also conducted.

According to Dolan's legal counsel, he strongly denies any wrongdoing and that he has always followed the direction of his supervisors including the instructions from the University's NCAA Compliance Office.

The law firm (Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad) says in an email that KEYT Sports Director Mike Klan received, "none of the allegations that UCSB finally disclosed to us (following months of our persistent requests) involve gender-based or ethnic/racial-based harassment or discrimination. Instead, they essentially assert that Coach Dolan, in prompting the best out of his athletes, made some of them feel uncomfortable."

UCSB declined to comment to Mike Klan's text asking about Dolan's exit.

Dolan was at UCSB for more than 30 years.

As far as the NCAA investigation, the law firm believes it has been concluded and the findings are being reviewed independently of UCSB.



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