UWM soccer coaches placed on administrative leave
Tom Murray reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE - Administrators placed UW-Milwaukee head soccer coach Chris Whalley and his assistant Ben Shepherd on administrative leave.
"It is just our policy not to get into any further discussions about what's behind it, what prompted it," said UWM Vice Chancellor Tom Luljak.
While the university will not reveal the grounds for the move, a letter to select alumni simply signed 'Anonymous UWM Soccer Players' describes the coaches insulting athletes with racial slurs and profanity, giving favoritism to foreign players and criticizing some players' academic performance in front of the team.
"The parents of the community and players despise him, important people of the community, fans that support this school and sport have a strong distaste for him," the players write about Whalley. "Most people agreed that they didn't want to play for him, or earn his respect, because he has none for us."
Martin Castro played for UWM and most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach under Whalley. Castro said a group of players asked him to help them speak out.
Castro said the problems are rooted in "discrimination, things that had to do with treatment of players, the professionalism from the coaching staff."
A source close to the investigation tells TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray that the university plans to act quickly and could announce a resolution as early as next week.
Whalley said he is not supposed to talk publicly about the investigation.