Former Celtics player, assistant Walter McCarty placed on leave by Evansville amid Title IX investigation

McCarty is in his second season as Evansville's head coach.

Walter McCarty coaches his Evansville team.
Walter McCarty coaches his Evansville team. –Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Former Celtics player and assistant coach Walter McCarty has been placed on administrative leave by the University of Evansville while it investigates possible improper conduct by the team’s second-year men’s basketball coach.

In a letter to the university community, Evansville president Christopher Pietruszkiewicz addressed possible Title IX violations committed by McCarty.

“The University has received reports of unwelcome conduct by Coach McCarty since his arrival in March 2018. We have counseled him about his behavior. In the last two weeks, the University received a troubling report about Coach McCarty’s interactions with a member of the campus community. We have placed Coach McCarty on leave while that incident is being investigated. The University will make a fair and informed decision on Coach McCarty’s status based on the results of the investigation.’’

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Pietruszkiewicz added that the school “will not tolerate any behavior from any university employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others.’’

McCarty, who played for the Celtics from 1997 to 2005, was an assistant with the Celtics during coach Brad Stevens’s first five seasons before being hired by Evansville in March 2018.

The Aces are 9-4 this season, including a road win against then-No. 1-ranked Kentucky, McCarty’s alma mater.