REPORT: Syracuse launches investigation into WBB Head Coach Hillsman

Syracuse University has launched an investigation into the conduct of women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman, according to a report from The report stems from an article by The Athletic titled, “Why the mass exodus from Syracuse women’s basketball? ‘Ego, manipulation … fear tactics”

Sarah Scalese, senior associate vice president for communications at Syracuse released the following statement regarding the situation:

“The allegations reported in The Athletic today are troubling. Based on the nature of these allegations, Syracuse University is engaging an outside firm to conduct an independent review and will take appropriate action based on its outcome. While no formal complaints have been made to date from members of the women’s basketball program, we take these allegations very seriously. We ask any individual who has knowledge of or has experienced this kind of conduct to come forward. Syracuse University remains focused on the well-being and success of our student-athletes.”

Hillsman, has been the head coach at Syracuse since 2006, where he has compiled a 319-169 (.654) record. According to, 11 of his players from the 2020-21 roster have chosen to transfer this off-season, and 20 players have left the program since 2018 (the most among any Power Five women’s team that has not experienced a coaching change).

More on this story as it continues to develop.

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