PRAIRIE VIEW, TX - Dawn Brown is no longer the head coach of Prairie A&M's women's basketball team. Brown was fired over an alleged violation of Title IX.
The alleged violation stems from Brown dismissing two of her players from the team because the two players were dating each other.
Brown had a policy put in place before the season that stated, "Players may not have non-professional relationships with other players, coaches, managers, trainers, or any other persons affiliated with the women's basketball program."
In a statement to NewsFix, Brown said, "Not only was this rule approved by the University's Title IX office, but a copy of the rule was given to the athletic department. Until this investigation, I was never notified of any Title IX issue with the rule and trusted the advice I received from my Title IX office and my Director of Athletics." (full statement below)
Brown finished her coaching run at Prairie View with a 41-51 record in three seasons. In 2014, the Panthers won the SWAC Tournament Championship, earning a spot in the NCAA Women's Basketball Division I Tournament.
Dawn Brown Statement:
Today, my athletic director, Mr. Ashley Robinson, notified me that my employment as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Prairie View A&M University has been terminated for cause, effective immediately. This decision was based on an alleged Title IX violation stemming from the removal of two student-athletes from our team following their violation of team rules.