Bryant and Stratton College (WI) MBB coach placed on leave

According to a report by the Journal Sentinel, Bryant and Stratton College (WI) head men’s basketball coach Austin Hawkins has been placed on administrative leave.

The report reads in part:

A coach for the men’s basketball team at Bryant and Stratton College who used an “inappropriate racial term” with one of his players has been placed on administrative leave, according to a source from the school. 

The source requested to remain anonymous.

After a visit to the college Nov. 8 and multiple phone calls to the athletics department and a number listed for the coach went unanswered, a member of the college’s administration declined to discuss the situation. The school’s website still lists Austin Hawkins, who was hired July 2019, as the head coach of the team. 

A live stream of the men’s Nov. 8 basketball game revealed that Hawkins was not on the sidelines. 

On Oct. 29, the college announced it was dealing with the coach after the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee visited the college demanding that he be fired after allegations that he had used an “inappropriate racial term” to a player. College officials said they learned of the incident on Oct. 16.

The complete report can be found HERE.

Last season, Hawkins served as an assistant at Quincy University before being hired as an assistant at Bryant and Stratton this past spring. He was elevated to head coach over the summer following the departure of Matt Majkrzak, who took over at Northern Michigan.

More on this story as it develops.

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