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Jacksonville coach quit amid bullying allegations

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Alex Ricker-Gilbert, Jacksonville University athletic director, released statement who announced that Ron Grigg is stepping down as head coach of the women’s cross country and track and field and men’s cross country teams. Grieg "is no longer an employee of Jacksonville University. We believe, and Coach Grigg agrees, that this is the best path forward for our current and future student-athletes and their success."

Ricker-Gilbert added that "Over the past few days, some very disturbing information has been shared online regarding the personal experiences of some of our student-athletes while at Jacksonville University. The posts and comments have been hard to read and have had a profound effect on me and our Dolphin family."

He also informed about it "Jacksonville University Athletics has commissioned an outside firm to immediately review new information and allegations that have surfaced in recent days regarding the experiences of other student-athletes. We take these reports very seriously and are responsible for ensuring that this information is given the appropriate time and attention. In addition, this third-party firm will conduct an audit of our athletic department’s policies, reporting mechanisms, and response measures to strengthen and improve them. This audit will include interviews with current and former students to encourage candid feedback and assist us in identifying and developing excellent resources relating to areas where we as a university can improve. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for our student-athletes and coaches to share their concerns. This audit has already started."

Grigo could not be reached for comment.

Florida Times-Union reported that female runners accused the coach of bullying. A police report from November 2021 stated that one of the runners committed suicide.

 

 

 

 

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