New Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann responds to abuse allegations

Rutgers hired Julie Hermann from the University of Louisville to be its new athletic director.

Rutgers hired Julie Hermann from the University of Louisville to be its new athletic director. (5/27/13)

NEW BRUNSWICK - The newly hired athletic director at Rutgers is speaking out Monday after new allegations surfaced about her alleged behavior in a past coaching job.

New Rutgers' Athletic Director Julie Hermann was the coach of the womens' volleyball team at the University of Tennessee. Former players claim Hermann was an abusive coach.

Reports say Hermann quit a position as the women's volleyball coach at Tennessee 16 years ago after her players issued a complaint that she humiliated and emotionally abused them. In a letter written by all 15 team members, the players said Hermann called them "whores, alcoholics and learning disabled."

Hermann was hired several weeks ago to replace former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, who was fired following the scandal surrounding basketball coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired after abusive behavior against his players was seen on a video.

Hermann defended herself, saying she was an intense coach, but not abusive. Hermann says she will not resign from her job at Rutgers.

Barchi says hiring Julie Hermann as the new athletic director followed a rigorous vetting process, and that the university looks forward to her joining Rutgers.

State Sen. Richard Codey is calling on Barchi to resign. Gov. Chris Christie says he plans to speak with Rutgers University officials about Hermann.

Hermann was hired to clean up the university's athletic program on May 15.

The 49-year-old Hermann is scheduled to take over at Rutgers on June 17. She will become the first woman to run the Scarlet Knights' athletic program and one of three female athletic directors at the 124 schools playing at college football's top tier.

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