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Monday, August 19, 2013

Quinnipiac Searching For Interim Head Coach

 *UPDATE 2*
Quinnipiac has named Jill Karwoski as their interim head coach for the 2014 season.  Coach Karwoski was previously an assistant at Providence and Boston College. She also was a head coach at Morehead State and Merrimack College.

 *UPDATE*
I have learned that Quinnipiac has hired an interim coach, although I do not know at this time who it is.


Within the last week, the Quinnipiac softball program began searching for an interim head coach. Germaine Fairchild has coached the Bobcats for the past 13 seasons, so this search so close to the beginning of the fall semester raises questions. But I don't care to speculate, as no further information on this development is currently available.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you check back to 2007-2008 articles online there was a major problem at Q with the AD and coach G. She testified against him as to the large rosters that were requested by the AD for women's sports compared to men's sports. From what I know, he has been looking to fire her since as there is no love loss.
Just google coach G's name and you will see the articles

WNY Softball said...

Thanks.

And this summer, QU appealed the decision of that court case, lost, and the judge appointed someone to watch over the university. Shortly thereafter, the coach was gone. However, at this date, I have found no statement from the parties involved.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that.
It's a very dicey situation and it happened way too fast.
Tough start going into the MAAC

Anonymous said...

Fairchild was not let go because of the previous Title IX case. She was not let go because of "play time" either. Figure it out.

WNY Softball said...

Well, I can't figure it out, because I have no idea what happened.

Anonymous said...

It was not a good 2013 season at Q. Not just on the field but in the locker room. Their star second baseman, Jacquie Ristow quit right before the season started. It all went down hill from there. Maybe that's what anonymous 2 was referring to.

WNY Softball said...

Of course, I'm just now getting familiar with Quinnipiac as they joined the MAAC this July. I didn't exactly want it to begin this way!

Anonymous said...

well, new start in a new conference with a new coach so better news

Anonymous said...

Careful casting stones. I happen to know that player had a broken bone and torn tendons in her foot and had an extensive surgery

Anonymous said...

You are completely oblivious, Anonymous, if you think the university's firing of Coach Fairchild had nothing to do with her testimony against the university in the Title IX case. Ms. Ristow, by the way, did not quit the team; it is common knowledge that she took a "medical retirement" after failing to pass the team's conditioning test. Only an incredibly biased person would view Ristow as a "star" under those circumstances.

Anonymous said...

It certainly does not seem appropriate in any event to call out by name in a public blog, a player that apparently had nothing to do with a coach's firing. Firings in my experience occur after a build-up of a series of events so I would think that there is a lot that we will never know and probably have no business knowing.

Anonymous said...

I never said Ristow was the reason the coach got fired. It was a frustrating season, especially after losing their star pitcher Heather Swartzberg to graduation. She was the rock of that team for 4 years. This past season was probably one of their worst in a long time. They are in a rebuilding stage.

Anonymous said...

Is misrepresenting the facts on a public blog appropriate?
The series of events leading up to Fairchild's dismissal is well documented in her consistent and very public advocacy for more resources for the softball team and for gender equity in athletics at Quinnipiac in general. One can easily trace these events with a cursory Internet search since her testimony was quoted in local newspapers, USA Today; the judge referenced her explanation of the university's use of roster management in his decision, and it has been quoted in at least two law review journals. Context matters, and in this case, one needs to look beyond the locker room and the field.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying coach Fairchild was fired since Q lost the case in court?
If so, don't you think that would set up a huge lawsuit by coach against Q? I don't think any school would want that..it is just too obvious. I think they have had their fill in court. Maybe coach G decided to leave, we are speculating.

WNY Softball said...

The timing makes it look peculiar, you must admit. This summer, Q lost their appeal, and not only that, but the judge in the case appointed someone to watch over the University to determine if the athletic department was adhering to title IX guidelines. Presumably this overseer would have access to the coaches. Very shortly thereafter, coach Fairchild disappeared off their website. These are simple facts.

WNY Softball said...

I challenge anyone to point to a single example of a division 1 men's basketball coach or football coach getting fired or resigning with absolutely no statement from the school's athletic department. I'm betting there isn't a single instance of this. But it the MAAC softball world, it happens frequently!

Anonymous said...

You guys are all crazy!!

Anonymous said...

Just to add more speculation:

http://www.quchronicle.com/2013/08/new-softball-coach-announced-fairchild-out/

If this is true (which I'm not saying it is), I wouldn't be surprised if she had enough. This type of situation seems to be popping up more and more, where the players feel entitled and even more so, where the parents are behind it. I really hope this is not the case, but let's face it, there are plenty of student-athletes that complain about lack of playing time and rather than stepping up their game, they (or their parents) go running to administration.

WNY Softball said...

This is a reprint of a comment left by a colleague of Coach Fairchild:

This article is unfortunate on so many levels. First, the QU Chronicle is supposed to be the QU student newspaper, not US magazine, Teen People or any other assumption-based tabloid. Given this fact, why was "Staff Report" permitted to use an anonymous "former player" in the quotations attacking Coach Fairchild's character?

This is poor reporting but, even more so, as a fellow QU coach of the rugby program, I am saddened at the anonymous quotations that this "former player" submitted, as well as the vague implications of the "group of current student athletes". Student-athlete feedback on performance of a coach is limited to the administration for the players' protection. Yet, this same courtesy was not extended to the coach in an article containing anonymous sources?

Second, any campus newspaper could find a "former student-athlete" who may not have agreed with every aspect of their athletics experience. Achieving a 100% approval rate at all times is simply not a reality for college coaches.

Personally, even if one of my former players chose to express a negative opinion to a media outlet on my performance, at the very least, I would hope I had been successful in instilling the courage in that player to have their name accompany their quotes.

Apparently, anonymity for the "former player" in this “staff report” was granted. Was the opportunity for response offered to Germaine Fairchild?

Coach Fairchild was an asset to the athletic department. Her character, knowledge and commitment were second to none.

I will say that even with my vast knowledge of the game of rugby, each of my players' possesses a different learning style and many times, we as coaches work hard at adapting or crafting our messages to accommodate the student athletes. Germaine Fairchild was no different.

Instead of writing a hopeful article based on the future of QU softball, the “staff report” sadly engages in a sourceless parade of speculation and unidentified attacks. Was there any consideration given to the fact that this article soured what could have been a positive announcement for athletics in the hiring of Jill Karwoski?

Fair and balanced reporting is what student newspapers strive for, so where was the balance?

I much prefer to see the day where women's athletics makes the front page solely based on positive accomplishments rather than negative spin.

Head Coach Rebecca Carlson.
Quinnipiac Rugby

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is when you are winning, it doesn't matter who is complaining. When you have an awful season like Q did, the complaints sound more "appetizing" to AD's who maybe needed an excuse to let you go.

Anonymous said...

has anyone heard if Coach F will be coaching anywhere else?

Anonymous said...

If a losing season was what it took, than why did they keep her from 2005-2009? We are not talking about football or basketball or SEC/PAC 12 softball. She had one losing season in the past four seasons. I think most NEC/MAAC ADs would be happy with those numbers.

Anonymous said...

Two of three freshman players have now quit the team, and one of them was likely to be the starting shortstop. Perhaps QU will have yet another rebuilding year.

Anonymous said...

Maybe coach G did not get fired from 2005-2009 because the IX case was still pending. Now that it's settled and she was an integral part of the case against Q, it was just a matter of time before McDonald fired her. All he needed was some serious player complaints and it looks like he got them.She did have her moments with players that I saw in 2012 but not sure in 2013 what the issues were.

WNY Softball said...

Coach Fairchild ended up as an assistant at Farleigh Dickinson in 2014.

WNY Softball said...

Coach Fairchild was hired by IP-Fort Wayne as head coach last week.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who had convinced yourselves that Coach G's departure had nothing to do with her testimony against QU in the Title IX case:
http://leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020140423951/FAIRCHILD%20v.%20QUINNIPIAC%20UNIVERSITY

Anonymous said...

http://leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020140423951/FAIRCHILD%20v.%20QUINNIPIAC%20UNIVERSITY

WNY Softball said...

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