John Gallagher has resigned as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Hartford, just one day before the season was set to begin.
According to the Hartford Courant, Gallagher sent his letter of resignation to university President Gregory Woodward, and addressed his team before making his intentions public Monday afternoon.
Hartford, playing it’s last D1 season before dropping down to D3, has been slowly cutting funding to the program that captured the America East title in 2020-21. According to the report;
“The last straw for Gallagher was the school’s decision not to send an athletic trainer with his team for a closed scrimmage at Dartmouth last week, he said. One player sustained a knee injury and, Gallagher asserts, did not receive sufficient care. Also, Gallagher wrote, the school allegedly denied a credit card application used by the director of basketball operations to buy meals for the team at road games, without an alternative plan.”
“As I have communicated on numerous occasions … the University of Hartford has not only breached the material terms of my contract, but has consistently and repeatedly undermined the men’s basketball program to the point where player safety and well-being has been jeopardized,” Gallagher wrote, in his letter to Woodward. “… This is something that I, as a coach I cannot tolerate.”
Gallagher had been the Hawks head coach since 2010. No word yet on who the interim head coach will be.
The full report from the Hartford Courant is HERE.