The University of Evansville has placed coach Walter McCarty on administrative leave pending a Title IX investigation, the school announced on Friday.
“The University has received reports of unwelcome conduct by Coach McCarty since his arrival in March 2018," school president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz said in an internal campus memo. "We have counseled him about his behavior. In the last two weeks, the University received a troubling report about Coach McCarty's interactions with a member of the campus community. We have placed Coach McCarty on leave while that incident is being investigated. The University will make a fair and informed decision on Coach McCarty's status based on the results of the investigation."
The letter sent to the staff about the former Celtics player and assistant coach linked to the school's "sexual harassment and misconduct policy," which applies to all forms of sexual harassment, violence, intimate partner violence and stalking for students, staff, faculty and third parties.
The school has hired a national law firm to conduct an independent investigation, while assistant coach Bennie Seltzer will take over as interim head coach.
McCarty was hired by Evansville in 2018 after spending six seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA for the Celtics and Pacers.