FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) – Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton announced Friday that Purdue Fort Wayne Athletics will not renew the contract of head women's basketball coach Niecee Nelson.
"This decision is based on the team's competitive performance over Nelson's time as head coach," Hartley Hutton said.
Nelson's tenure was also marked by allegations of bullying and abuse.
In January, a 71-page document was released that had been sent to Purdue Fort Wayne administrators in May of 2020.
A total of 22 former players and staff spoke out against Nelson's abuse, which included accusations of mocking players for depression, forcing players to play through injuries, and withholding food as punishment.
Nelson was placed on administrative leave in February 2019, while Purdue Fort Wayne investigated allegations of abuse, but the university determined those accusations were "unfounded," and she returned to work just nine days later.
After the most recent allegations, Purdue Fort Wayne doubled down on its position that Nelson did nothing wrong, saying in a statement, "Coach Nelson is very aware of the concerns raised by some of her students and has worked closely with athletics leadership to maintain a positive team environment and encourage clear lines of communication over the past 23 months."
In five seasons, Nelson coached the Mastodons to an overall record of 22-116 and 8-74 in league play.
According to a release from the university, a national search will begin immediately to identify Nelson’s successor.