STATEMENT FROM FORMER PLAYER ALLISON GUTIERREZ
October 28, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
I'm Allison Gutierrez. I was a freshman last year at IU East. I want to start off by saying I chose IU East because it had a growing volleyball program and I would be getting an IU degree. We did very well last year and had a great season. Then, in the spring we got a new coach, Adam Stevenson. One of his rules was that we always had to hug him after every practice. For me that was just extremely uncomfortable. I also personally experienced him grabbing my hips to show me around the court. Adam Stevenson also went back into my apartment bedroom by himself which is when I really got uncomfortable. With the team concerned about the way Coach Stevenson was acting, we took our concerns straight to the chancellor hoping to get results. We decided to avoid going to Athletic Director Mark Hester because we felt that our concerns would be looked over and not taken seriously. The team was told we were going to meet with the chancellor one morning, but instead Mark Hester walked into the room. I felt he was angry at us for not going to him first about our problems. We began to tell Hester our concerns about Coach Stevenson and he just laughed at us. We were told the hugging was put to an end. We also weren't allowed to be in a room alone with Coach Stevenson and he also wasn't allowed to coach us until he got an assistant coach. I have had many different coaches throughout my life so I was willing to give this a shot. Coach Stevenson suggested we take summer classes since we were going to be there during most of the summer anyways, so I signed up and paid for a summer class. I also renewed my apartment lease. I noticed things weren't changing and that the administration was not being very supportive about it, which swayed my decision to leave IU East. Thank you so much for bringing this to the medias attention. I was roommates with Mallory last year and I feel she needs all the support she can get. I also hate to see my old teammates going through this.