Orlando Pride has placed head coach Amanda Cromwell and first assistant coach Sam Greene on administrative leave, the team announced Tuesday morning. As with the April suspension of Houston Dash head coach/general manager James Clarkson, this comes on the recommendation of the NWSL Joint Investigation Team and the NWSL Players Association. And similarly, Cromwell and Greene’s final standing with the Pride will be determined by the results of the investigation.
Assistant coach Seb Hines (a former Orlando City player who has been with the team since 2020) has been brought in to lead the team on an interim basis. Assistant coach Michelle Akers and goaltending coach Aline Villares Reis will continue to play their roles.
The action was taken “pending the conclusion of an investigation into alleged retaliation in violation of the NWSL’s policy to prevent and eliminate discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace”, according to the Press release.
The league has frozen any roster moves in Orlando to prevent players from being traded or waived, multiple sources said. Athleticism.
According to the policy, the league prohibits retaliation or retaliation for any of the following: “filing a good faith report under (the) policy; support or assist, in good faith, someone else in pursuing a report or in an investigation; object to misconduct; or testify, assist or otherwise participate in any investigation, proceeding or hearing conducted by any government law enforcement agency. »
The team’s actions are unrelated to Pride’s 5-0 loss to the Houston Dash on Friday.
Cromwell was hired by Pride in December 2021, following an NCAA coaching career that included lengthy stints at UCLA and the University of Central Florida. Greene and Reis followed her from her tech team at UCLA. Akers, a former USWNT teammate, was added as an assistant and player development coach in January.
The joint investigation between the league and the PA has been open since October 2021 and was launched due to numerous reports of workplace misconduct and systemic issues in the NWSL, including Athleticism report into the alleged conduct of former Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley.
Clarkson was suspended from his duties at Houston on April 27 and the team is still awaiting the final results of the investigation. Two days after the suspension was announced, NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman said Athleticism that the joint investigation was not only looking at historical matters, but also “everything that is currently happening”.
While there were no specifics on the timeline for the completion of the joint investigation (or the status of other investigations, such as the one being led by Sally Yates into American football), Berman said, ” We want to be thorough and we will be, but we also want it to be completed as quickly as possible. So balancing those goals, we’ll do our best to let the process go as it should. Once completed, the scope of the joint investigation process includes reform and other recommendations.
(Photo by Amanda Cromwell: Brad Penner/USA Today)