Quinnipiac, Men's Lacrosse Coach Part Ways After Investigation Into Policy Violations

Kelli Stacy
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Quinnipiac has parted ways with men’s lacrosse coach Eric Fekete after completing an investigation into student conduct policy violations stemming from alcohol use and hazing, the university confirmed Saturday.

The university has also continued the team’s suspension through the end of 2018, as well as handing down punishment for individual members of the team.

“After a comprehensive investigation into violations of the student conduct policy involving hazing and alcohol, the university has extended the suspension of the men’s lacrosse team ‪through Dec. 31, 2018,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “In addition, disciplinary action has been handed down to individual student athletes on the team. The head men’s lacrosse coach is no longer with the university. Effective immediately, Mason Poli, the assistant men’s lacrosse coach, has been appointed interim head coach...”

It is unclear whether Quinnipiac fired Fekete or he agreed to resign. Fekete would have been entering his 18th season with the program. He was named the MAAC Coach of the Year last season — his second time winning the award. In 2008, while Fekete was head coach, six seniors on the team were suspended for a party where minors were provided alcohol.

The team’s original suspension was handed down Sept. 23 after the university received word of potential student conduct policy violations. Members of the team were allowed to continue attending class, but not allowed to participate in team activities.

“This suspension, which takes effect immediately, prohibits all team activity, including practicing and representing the university in competitions,” Bushnell said in the original statement confirming the suspension. “With the well-being of our students being our top priority, the university has zero tolerance for any behavior that endangers any member of the university community.”

At the time a university spokesperson said the suspension did not include coaches, and on the day the suspension was announced the coaches hosted the team’s annual prospect day.

According to Quinnipiac’s student handbook, investigations into violations of the student conduct policy are supervised by Monique Drucker, vice president and dean of students and conducted by a conduct officer. Investigations into student conduct violations aren’t solely for incidents that occur on campus, according to the handbook.

As for the athletes’ punishment, there are no details as student information is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

“Because of university policy and federal law protecting the privacy of student records, we cannot provide any additional details on this matter, Bushnell said. “The university will continue to take action toward those responsible for behavior that poses a threat to the well-being of our students.”

The men’s lacrosse season is set to begin in February under the direction of Poli in an interim capacity if a new head coach hasn’t been named yet. Last season Quinnipiac went 9-6 and ended the season first in the MAAC.

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