Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech Director of Athletics and Hokie athletes have launched statements concerning a current lawsuit in opposition to a Virginia Tech soccer coach.

The statements, each launched on Monday, Jan. 9, come after a settlement was reached after a former Virginia Tech soccer participant sued her coach, claiming he pressured her off the group for not kneeling earlier than a sport.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Former Virginia Tech soccer player sues coach, saying he forced her off team for not kneeling before a game]

As we reported, Kiersten Hening filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to Head Coach Charles “Chugger” Adair on March 3, 2022, claiming that, “as a result of she refused to kneel, he benched her, subjected her to repeated verbal abuse, and compelled her off the group.”

The lawsuit claims that Adair’s actions, as an actor of Virginia, violated Hening’s First and Fourteenth Modification rights, we reported.

Within the assertion posted on Sons of Saturday, 76 present and former gamers of the VT Ladies’s Soccer program got here collectively to touch upon the swimsuit, saying the allegations that had been made within the lawsuit had been “baseless allegations” and as an alternative had been “nothing greater than a distorted illustration of the info.”

You possibly can learn the complete assertion beneath.

We’re a bunch of present and former gamers of the Virginia Tech Ladies’s Soccer Program. However we’re a lot greater than that. We’re academics, physicians, nurses, skilled athletes, mothers, engineers, legal professionals, company leaders, scientists and far more. And we firmly stand with our Coach, Charles “Chugger” Adair, in opposition to what we imagine are baseless allegations made in opposition to him. Now we have spent numerous hours coaching, touring and enjoying underneath his management and are devastated and appalled to see his character and integrity severely impugned.

As present and former gamers, we perceive girls’s collegiate soccer is demanding each bodily and mentally, in addition to exceptionally aggressive. On this regard, all of us imagine that his conduct, each previous and current, has constantly been of the very best skilled caliber. We imagine that Coach Adair has and can proceed to the very best of his potential put the group in conditions to compete on the highest stage.

Lastly, we perceive {that a} lawsuit could also be settled for a number of various causes, none of which can be associated to guilt or innocence. We firmly imagine that these allegations are nothing greater than a distorted illustration of the info.

At this time, we be part of collectively to affirm that Coach Adair’s management has made every of us higher gamers, teammates, and other people. We stand by Coach Adair and Virginia Tech, and what we imagine is the reality. And we sit up for the brilliant way forward for the Virginia Tech Ladies’s Soccer Program underneath his steering.

Present and Former VT Ladies’s Soccer Athletes

You possibly can see who all signed the assertion right here.

The Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock additionally launched the next, which referenced the above remark.

“Coach Adair has positively impacted so many student-athletes’ lives evidenced by the assertion launched earlier at the moment by greater than 70 present and former gamers. Virginia Tech helps and believes in Coach Adair. His integrity is very regarded all through the soccer panorama and his teaching skills have introduced unprecedented success to our girls’s soccer program. The college appears to be like ahead to Coach Adair being part of our athletics household for a few years to come back.”

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock

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