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Hall of Fame college coach Jim Calhoun named in sex discrimination lawsuit vs. University of St. Joseph

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Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been named in a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the University of St. Joseph, alleging that he and other officials turned the Division III school’s athletic department into a “male-dominated, hostile work environment.” 

Former associate athletic director Jaclyn Piscitelli filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Among the allegations, Piscitelli says Calhoun and longtime assistant Glen Miller made crude comments about her appearance.

On one occasion, Piscitelli alleged that Calhoun knocked several coffee “K-cups” onto the floor, stepped on them and made her clean up — saying he would have made his wife do the same.

According to the 13-page complaint, the university “permitted Calhoun and Miller to transform the work environment in the athletic department to one that was openly hostile and disdainful toward women and where women were treated as second-class citizens.”

Piscitelli also said she reported the incidents and sexually harassing comments to athletic director Bill Cardarelli, but no action was taken in response.

School officials have acknowledged receiving and reviewing the lawsuit, spokesperson Diana Sousa said in a statement. 

“The University of Saint Joseph takes compliance with all matters relating to Title IX very seriously. The University does not comment on pending litigation,” Sousa said.

Calhoun won three NCAA titles at the University of Connecticut. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2005 and retired in 2012. He was hired by St. Joseph last season to build a basketball program from scratch as the school announced plans to become co-ed.

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