“We fully support the women’s soccer team; I am meeting with them to offer resources during this difficult time and I look forward to charting a new path forward together,” Ms. Chun said. “We know change is hard, but also know the strength and resiliency of our women’s soccer team will shine through this difficult time. Our student athletes are at the center of our decisions, and we know this is the right path forward.”
Yale hired Mr. Faherty to replace the women’s soccer team’s longtime coach, Rudolph Meredith, who pleaded guilty in March to accepting more than $1 million in bribes from a parent to help get his daughter into the university. Mr. Meredith, who resigned last November, is awaiting sentencing.
The University of New Haven, a private institution that is less than five miles from Yale, announced Thursday that it had hired an independent investigatory firm to delve into allegations of “impropriety” involving a former employee. The university confirmed that The Yale Daily News’s report had prompted the investigation.
“There is absolutely zero tolerance for anyone who jeopardizes the safety or sense of self-worth of students, faculty, staff or any other member of the university family,” Steven H. Kaplan, the president of the University of New Haven, wrote in a letter to the university community on Thursday. “We will endeavor to find the facts. Within the legal constraints concerning confidentiality, we will share as much as possible. We will address any concerns uncovered by the facts.”
Mr. Faherty spent three years as the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Stony Brook University on Long Island before Yale hired him. In 2016, Mr. Faherty’s first year at Stony Brook, the America East Conference named him coach of the year.
Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook’s athletic director, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.