Three coaches named in Clemson hazing lawsuit have ties to UNCG
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Three coaches with ties to Guilford County are among 30 people named in a hazing lawsuit filed by a Clemson University student, the News & Record reported.
Head coach Eddie Radwanski and assistants Siri Mullinix and Jeff Robbins are named in the lawsuit brought by former player Haley Ellen Hunt of Aiken, S.C.
Hunt claims she suffered a serious, lingering injury during a middle-of-the-night hazing ritual on Aug. 18, 2011.
Radwanski is in his third season as Clemson coach. A UNCG Hall of Famer, his teams went 140-65-13 with five NCAA berths in 10 seasons during his time as the UNCG women’s coach. A two-time All-American as a player, he was a team captain and led UNCG to NCAA Division III men’s national championships in 1982 and ’83. He played five seasons for the Carolina Dynamo, and was coaching director for the Greensboro Twisters Soccer Club from 1996-99.
Mullinix, a Guilford County Sports Hall of Famer, grew up in Jamestown and led Ragsdale to a state championship in 1994. She was an All-American goalkeeper at North Carolina, winning two NCAA championships with the Tar Heels, and won a silver medal with the U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics. She was an assistant coach at UNCG from 2005-08.
Robbins, Clemson’s associate head coach, was an assistant on Radwanski’s staff at UNCG for four years.
The athletics director at the time, Clemson’s chief of staff and 14 upperclassmen players were also named in the lawsuit.
Hunt, who was a freshman player in 2011, claims she was kidnapped from her dorm room in her pajamas by upperclassmen players, thrown into the trunk of a car for a 30-minute ride, forced to “participate in embarrassing and humiliating acts” and “a secret ritual using team gear.”
Hunt was knocked unconscious when she was blindfolded and ordered to sprint across the field, running head-first into a brick wall at full speed. She sustained serious injuries to her brain, head, face and hands.
The lawsuit accuses Radwanski and Mullinix of telling team members not to talk to anyone about the incident.
Hunt, who was recruited by former Tigers coach Hershey Strosberg, also claims Radwanski called her after replacing Strosberg and “told her not to come to Clemson, that he would not play her if she came to Clemson, and that if she decided to come Clemson (sic), he would make her time at Clemson miserable.”
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