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Source: Gaitley Out at St. Joe’s

April 3, 2001

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Stephanie Gaitley will not return as the women’s basketball coach of St. Joseph’s after 10 seasons, a university source told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Gaitley’s husband, Frank, a former assistant coach, was accused of sexually harassing a former player and Gaitley was accused of retaliating against the student after she complained.

Stephanie Gaitley took a paid leave of absence for the remainder of the season after the accusations surfaced in January.

St. Joe’s scheduled a news conference Tuesday to announce the decision. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the school will begin a search for a new coach.

Reggi Grennan, an assistant coach the past nine seasons under Gaitley, coached the team during Gaitley’s absence.

St. Joe’s finished the season 15-13 after losing to Dayton 71-56 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Gaitley posted a 196-88 record at St. Joe’s, won two Atlantic 10 championships, seven Big Five titles and led the Hawks to five 20-win seasons and five appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Gaitley’s troubles began when former player Cheryl Kulesa filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in September accusing Frank Gaitley of sexually harassing her.

The complaint accuses Frank Gaitley of asking Kulesa for dates, making sexually suggestive remarks and telling her sexual jokes at practice, and sending her inappropriate notes, one written on school stationery.

Frank Gaitley resigned last May.

Kulesa also accused Stephanie Gaitley of retaliating against her for going to school officials with her accusations.

Attorney Tom McGoldrick, representing the Gaitleys, has said that each ``emphatically denies″ the accusations. He won’t elaborate because the matter is in litigation.

Kulesa, of Clementon, N.J., would have been a senior this past season for the Hawks but left the team because of what the team called ``personal reasons.″

She said in her complaint that she was undergoing psychological counseling, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks and was on medication.

Gaitley began her head coaching career at Richmond, where she compiled a 116-63 record in six seasons. Gaitley was an assistant at St. Joe’s from 1982-85. Her career record is 312-151.

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