PFW women’s basketball coach cleared of allegations

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Purdue Fort Wayne head women’s basketball coach Niecee Nelson has returned from administrative leave after the university found allegations against her to be “unfounded.”

Nelson was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 12 for what Purdue Fort Wayne called a “pending personnel matter.” Assistant coach Marcie Alberts was tabbed to replace her on the bench for “upcoming games.”

On Thursday, Purdue Fort Wayne said Nelson was cleared to return as head coach after a university investigation into allegations about “practice drills and possible NCAA rules infractions” from an anonymous source were determined to be unfounded. The university said the investigation included input from student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff members, and Nelson herself.

In the end, the school said Nelson had not violated any athletics department or university policies.

“We are working closely with Coach Nelson and the student-athletes to move forward in a positive manner,” said Purdue Fort Wayne Athletics Director Kelley Hartley Hutton. “We are pleased this issue has been resolved.”

No other information was released.

The Mastodons suffered three straight losses without Nelson and sit at 6-20 (2-12 Summit League) on the season. Purdue Fort Wayne plays North Dakota on Feb. 28 and North Dakota State on March 2 to close out the regular season.

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