LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Coach Conan Solano has been the women’s head volleyball coach at the private Catholic University of St. Mary since 2010.
One of the women on his team said she recorded what the coach allegedly said in the locker room after losing a match on Saturday. The woman also said parents were hollering at the coach.
The recording was the following:
"I am going to warn you guys right now you don't want to see the bad mother f***** come out in me tell your parents to never say s*** to me and I am just going to warn you, Don’t have your parents ask who said this or who said that, but my shirt was almost off and I was almost in the crowd, you know what I am talking about right? Warn your f****** parents to never say a f****** word to me.
I am just saying I don’t want to hear sh** from the crowd they are not telling me what to do does everyone understand that? Unless you want and I can be a bad mother f******I am not lying you can see a side of me, you gave me a face, I can show a side of me that you guys will never look at me the same I am telling you right now “
The woman did not want to give us her name for fear of her athletic career.
Laura A. Davis, vice president for marketing and communications for the school, said the coach is on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Davis said she is looking into the issue but foul language does not line up with their values.
Monday night, NBC Action News tried to contact Solano several times but got no response. We did speak to officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the coach’s previous employer, who said there were no complaints while he coached there.
We did speak to several students, who are also athletes, on campus.
Alexandra Allen, a freshman cross country runner, said her coach is always respectful.
“My coach is personally respectful, but I think if any coach degraded a student in that way, like speaking vulgar to them, I think it is not good at all. I have heard about the volleyball coach here," said Allen.
"And what have you heard?"
"Just that he cusses a lot to his students and his athletes. I don't want to be talked to like that when you are playing a sport for them and contributing to the school,” said Allen.
Jackson Perri, a freshman baseball outfielder from Chicago, has a different opinion.
“It is different for guys and gals. It's different for everybody but my perspective you should be able to brush it off and move on. You just have to accept the fact that your getting yelled at you’ve got to deal with it, life goes on it's not the end of the world. I guess the religious aspect comes into play to a certain extent but when it comes to a hard coach just getting yelled at, you have to be able to take it,” said Perri.
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