Miami (Ohio) women’s basketball coach DeUnna Hendrix has resigned after four seasons, the university announced Wednesday (April 26).
The resignation follows an investigation of an alleged inappropriate consensual relationship between Hendrix and a student athlete, CBS Sports reported.
The university’s athletic director David Sayler became aware of Hendrix and the student exchanging intimate text messages at least a week before the coach stepped down. Hendrix sent more than 30 messages to the unidentified student, texting “I love you” and “You’re my baby,” CBS reported, citing a report from The Athletic.
Hendrix was suspended the day after Sayler learned of the messages, and the school’s Title IX coordinator launched an investigation. Title IX is the 1972 landmark law that banned gender discrimination in federally funded education programs and linked to promoting girls and women’s athletics in schools.
The probe found that Hendrix did not violate Title IX or the school’s sexual misconduct protocol. But officials said she transgressed the university’s policy on consensual relationships between staff and undergraduates.
“I want to thank Miami University and its administration for allowing me to lead this program for the last four years,” Hendrix said in the statement. “I can’t express the amount of gratitude I have for this prestigious institution and its leadership. I also want to thank the Oxford community for the continual love and support. I look forward to the next phase of my career and continue rooting for the RedHawks.”
Hendrix led the RedHawks to a 12-19 overall and 7-11 Mid-American Conference record this past season. Under her leadership, seven players earned All-MAC honors and 15 student athletes were named to the Academic All-MAC squad.