After just four seasons, Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan and one of his assistants have resigned, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, Handrahan resigned instead of being fired after being investigated by the university for “inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.”
The Dispatch reported that the university received complaints about sexual harassment and sexual innuendo. In one instance reported by the Dispatch, a witness said Handrahan told his players to “get horny for the puck.”
An OSU spokesman confirmed the resignation in an email to The Lantern on Wednesday afternoon, as well as the resignation of assistant coach Keith Maurice, who joined the program in May 2013.
The spokesman did not provide a reason for the resignations.
The Dispatch reported that on one occasion, another assistant coach, Carson Duggan, and Handrahan missed a team bus heading for the airport. When they later arrived at the airport, they were “smelling of alcohol and acting unprofessionally.”
Handrahan was just the second head coach in the 15-year history of the program.
This is at least the third resignation or firing within the university in the last two years that relates to sexual harassment complaints or a sexualized culture.
In July, former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired after an investigation found “an environment conducive to sexual harassment” within the band.
In May 2013, two assistant cheerleading coaches, Eddie Hollins and Dana Bumbrey, were fired after an OSU investigation found “sufficient evidence” both men had violated the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy.
Then in November 2013, the head cheerleading coach, Lenee Buchman, was fired after an investigation determined she failed to disassociate herself and the program from those fired assistant coaches.