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Amherst College men’s lacrosse program in crisis as former coach files discrimination suit

Numerous parents interviewed by the Globe criticized former Amherst men's lacrosse coach Rashad Devoe's coaching style, while Devoe alleges he was wrongfully terminated for multiple reasons. Amherst College

A former Amherst College men’s lacrosse coach who was fired before he coached a game for the school alleged Friday in a federal lawsuit that he became a victim of Amherst’s “cozy relationship with elitism, discrimination, and racism.”

Rashad Devoe, who is Black, had two years remaining on a three-year contract when Amherst fired him in June after an investigation into allegations that he verbally mistreated team members who had purportedly violated Amherst’s COVID-19 restrictions by informally practicing on a school green.

Devoe alleges he also was wrongfully terminated for refusing to participate in a school investigation of discrimination and racial profiling against the three Black student-athletes at Amherst, a men’s lacrosse player and two men’s basketball players. He says he reported the alleged discrimination but school officials declined to assure him they would protect him and the students from “retaliation and continued discrimination.”


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