Syracuse Women's Basketball Coach Quentin Hillsman Resigns Amid Allegations of Misconduct

Quentin Hillsman has resigned as coach of the women's basketball team at Syracuse University in New York following accusations of inappropriate conduct.

The university announced that it had accepted the 15-year veteran's resignation on Monday via a written statement.

"Coach Hillsman and [Syracuse University] agreed that parting ways is in the best interest of the University, the program and our student-athletes," the statement read. "We wish him and his family all the best. Interim leadership for the Women's Basketball Program will be announced in the coming days."

The university retained a law firm to review the allegations made against Hillsman. The review is ongoing and the conclusions it reaches will be addressed at a later date by the school's Department of Athletics.

Syracuse.com reported that Hillsman had been attending team workouts in his capacity as coach as recently as 10 days ago.

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Quentin Hillsman has resigned as coach of the Syracuse University women's basketball team amid accusations of inappropriate conduct. Above, Hillsman speaks with the media following a game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Rich Barnes/Getty Images

The allegations against Hillsman emerged from a piece by The Athletic, which interviewed nine former players and 19 others familiar with the women's basketball program. It detailed instances of bullying and other general behavior from Hillsman that made players uncomfortable.

The behavior was linked to the exceedingly high transfer rate for the Syracuse University women's basketball program, reportedly one of those highest in the U.S. Twelve players transferred out of the program after the last season alone, including standout Kamilla Cardoso. Before The Athletic piece was published, the school attempted to downplay its transfer rate by highlighting rising transfer rates at schools across the country.

Hillsman started as an assistant coach in 2005 before being promoted to head coach in 2006. Prior to his time at Syracuse, he was an assistant coach for men's and women's basketball programs at St. Mary's College in Maryland, Siena College in New York, American University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Alabama.

During Hillsman's time at Syracuse, he became the winningest coach in the program's history and led the Orange to its only women's basketball national title game appearance in 2016. His overall record is 319-169.

"We remain focused on providing the best experience possible – one that prioritizes the well-being of all student-athletes and positions them for success in competition, in the classroom, in their communities and in life beyond Syracuse University," the school's official statement concludes.