Texas Tech Red Raiders softball coach steps down after review of program

Six weeks after a USA TODAY Sports investigation led to the firing of Texas Tech’s women’s basketball coach amid allegations of player abuse, the school’s softball coach resigned Tuesday night amid similar circumstances.

As part of a recent response to an open-records request from USA TODAY Sports for documents concerning allegations against softball coach Adrian Gregory, Texas Tech had said in a statement that it was conducting an internal review “to assess the overall culture and student-athlete well-being within the program.”

Texas Tech athletics spokesman Robert Giovannetti said Tuesday afternoon that the review had been completed Monday night.   

Texas Tech coach Adrian Gregory in 2018.

On Tuesday evening, Gregory said in a statement from the school: “At this time, I have found it best to part ways with Texas Tech University and its softball program. I have truly loved Lubbock and the relationships I have built here. I wish the current players and staff all the best as they move forward with future seasons.”

In late June 2019, Gregory signed a new five-year contract with the school.

“I would like to thank Coach Gregory for her contributions to Texas Tech,” athletics director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “I wish her the best in the future.”

Gregory’s departure comes on the heels of the university firing women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings for cause and amid an outside law firm’s review of the entire athletics department “related to student-athlete well-being.”

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