Yori resigns as Husker women's basketball coach

Posted at 1:31 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 20:29:56-04

After 14 years, the Nebraska women's basketball team will search for a new head coach.

Longtime Huskers coach Connie Yori resigned Tuesday as the most successful coach in program history.  The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that the athletic department had been investigating allegations that Yori mistreated players and fostered a negative, dysfunctional culture.

The Journal-Star reports more than 10 players from the 2015-16 team along with some support staff members approached administrators in February with their concerns. Yori denied the allegations to the paper. The Athletic Department would not comment to KMTV about the investigation.

The Athletic Department released statements from both Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst and Connie Yori.

Eichorst's statement reads: 

“Earlier today, Connie Yori informed me of her decision to step down as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Nebraska.  Coach Yori achieved great success in the program during her tenure and we appreciate her many contributions to the University.  We wish her and her family all the best and we are grateful for her dedicated service to Nebraska.  We will begin a national search for a new head coach immediately and will not comment or speculate on the search or candidates until an announcement is made.”

Yori's statement reads: 

“After fourteen years as the Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball program I have made the difficult decision to step down.  As some of you may know, this has been a very challenging time for my family and in the best interest of all of us, this is the right decision. 

I want to thank the student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff and administrators, especially Shawn Eichorst, for his leadership and support during this difficult time in my life.  Finally, thank you to the incredible Husker Nation for their passionate and unwavering support throughout my time in Lincoln.  I will always be a proud Husker.”