Brendan Faherty Bio – Brendan Faherty Wiki
Brendan Faherty is a Yale Women’s soccer coach who has left his position amid allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple former players during the years of 2003 to 2009. The allegations against him were exposed after an independent investigation by The Yale Daily News. The publication which is run by students first informed the university of these allegations on Monday, November 18, 2019. On Wednesday of the same week, Vice President for Communications Nate Nickerson told the Daily News that Faherty no longer works at Yale. Nickerson said in a statement, “Yale hired women’s head soccer coach Brendan Faherty in December of 2018, following the background check and careful review of previous employment conducted in every such hiring. None of the information shared by the Yale Daily News on Monday, which is deeply troubling, was made known in the interview and vetting process.”
In response to the allegations made, his lawyers offered the following statement:
“Mr. Faherty is deeply disappointed in the allegations from more than ten years ago that have been made in the Yale Daily News and the actions taken by Yale University in response to the report,” the lawyers said. “He denies having engaged in any non-consensual relationships. He further denies having any inappropriate sexual interaction or contact of any kind. Based on the report, he is no longer employed at Yale.”
He graduated from Northeastern University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training. He then spent a year coaching in England, where he earned a postgraduate degree in football industries at Liverpool University in 2002, based on his UMass bio. Shortly after that, he embarked upon a career in collegiate soccer coaching, starting at New Haven and culminating in a head coach position at Yale. His time at New Haven is also the focal point for the allegations.
Brendan Faherty Wife
He is married to his wife called Therese.
Brendan Faherty Children
Together with his wife, they have one daughter who is known as Ellie.
Brendan Faherty Career
He was hired in 2018 and has only been with the Yale Women’s soccer team for two seasons. When he was hired in 2018, he was the first hire by the new Athletic Director, Vicky Chun.
After his hiring, Chun said, “I am thrilled to have Brendan as the next leader of our women’s soccer program. His national reputation and credentials made him immediately stand out, but it was his vision for the future of Yale women’s soccer, his deep commitment to success both academically and athletically, his unwavering passion for student-athlete development, and the respect and love from his former student-athletes that made him the clear choice. Brendan’s core values align perfectly with those of our university and department.”
Faherty has yielded significant success for the teams he’s worked with, on the field. He has notched over 100 career wins as a coach, per his now-deleted Yale bio. It’s unclear who will be replacing Faherty as an interim head coach.
He graduated from Northeastern University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training. He then spent a year coaching in England, where he earned a postgraduate degree in football industries at Liverpool University in 2002, per his UMass bio. Shortly after, he embarked upon a career in collegiate soccer coaching, starting at New Haven and culminating in a head coach position at Yale. His resume also includes stints at Stony Brook University, where he coached before Yale, as well as the Universities of Washington and Massachusetts. He received the head coaching position at Stony Brook in 2015. A year later, his staff received the America East Coaching Staff of the Year award. Prior to Stony Brook, he worked at the University of Washington, serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts.
Brendan Faherty Removal
The student-run publication first informed the university of these allegations on Monday, 18 November. On Wednesday, Vice President for Communications Nate Nickerson told the Daily News that Faherty no longer works at Yale. Nickerson said in a statement, “Yale hired women’s head soccer coach Brendan Faherty in December of 2018, following the background check and careful review of previous employment conducted in every such hiring. None of the information shared by the Yale Daily News on Monday, which is deeply troubling, was made known in the interview and vetting process.”
Following the announcement of his departure from the role, Chun said in an emailed statement, “We know change is hard, but also know the strength and resiliency of our women’s soccer team will shine through this difficult time. Our student-athletes are at the center of our decisions, and we know this is the right path forward.”
Faherty’s Yale bio, which has since been deleted, shows multiple quotes by former players praising Faherty as a person and a coach. One review reads,
“Coach Faherty did everything in his power to make the team better and closer to reaching our goals. He carried out his vast knowledge in a way that everyone understood, appreciated and was inspired by. But to describe Brendan only as a soccer coach would not do him justice. I came to America with no friends and family, but the way he welcomed me from day one was far beyond what I could have ever expected. Brendan not only saw us as soccer players but also as people. Having a coach that cared about us off the field made us more comfortable on the field. Coach Faherty’s ability to inspire me to improve both as a soccer player, but also as a person game me a new definition of a great coach.”
Brendan Faherty Assault Allegations
Basing on the independent investigation conducted by The Yale Daily News, the ex-coach is accused of “abusing his position” with multiple players during his time at New Haven from 2003-2009. Categorically, five players spoke to the student publication about his apparent abuse, including an instance where he allegedly forced a player to get into bed with her, and groped her breasts, and another instance where he engaged in a “consensual” relationship with a player, one which went on for years after she stopped playing for him. In another instance, another three former players told the publication that they would drink with the coach. Three others told the publication that he would often come to bars to meet his players.
The supposed groping incident, as relayed by the victim, took place after the former coach attended a concert with three players in New York City, then offered to drive them home after. The victim said Faherty was driving recklessly, and that he refused to drop her off after he dropped the others off. He insisted she stay at his house, the victim said. “[He] was insistent in a way that I didn’t feel comfortable contradicting him,” she explained to the publication. “So I was laying in his bed — stiff as a board, on the very edge — trying not to initiate any kind of contact, and he starts groping me underneath my shirt [and] commenting about my breasts.” The victim further stated that she heard from him years later through a Facebook message, in which he was apparently reaching out in order to compile a gift book for a player. The alleged message from Faherty reads, “Long, long, time no talk and I’ve been meaning to reach out for a long time to say I’m sorry for the way things ended at New Haven for you in regards to soccer and with me. If I could go back and do things differently, I would, but all I could do was move on and be a better person and coach in the future.”
In another separate incident, the former player who engaged in a “consensual” intimate relationship with him over several years, told the publication that she felt “exploited” by Faherty in contemplation. She said, “It was consensual in that it was not forced. I do, however, remember feeling kind of frozen, like I couldn’t believe it was actually happening … He had been a trusted adult in my life and he was older than me, so it seemed surreal that he would even have an interest in me in that way. It devastated me … I became more isolated and depressed — I had a secret life I was unable to speak about. As a young woman barely into my twenties, this was horrible and pretty unhealthy.”
He did not comment on any of the claims made against him.
Brendan Faherty Twitter
His twitter page has been deleted.