A UA assistant women’s basketball coach is being sued by a former player, who alleges that he sexually harassed her during their time at a Texas junior college.
Sean LeBeauf was hired by the UA in May after leaving his post as head coach and athletic director at Paris Junior College. Before that, LeBeauf served as an assistant men’s coach at Southern University for four years (2005-09).
LeBeauf was on the sidelines Friday night when Arizona lost to Washington 55-52 in Seattle.
The UA “recently” became aware of the lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas, athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement released by the school on Friday night.
“ The lawsuit does not involve the university, and it would be inappropriate for us to comment about the suit,” Byrne said. “The University of Arizona has received no complaints about Sean LeBeauf and he continues to serve in his capacity as an assistant coach.”
The complaint, filed by Ebonee Tate against LeBeauf and the junior college, says that in December 2011, LeBeauf saw the player at a school-sponsored event and began to make romantic gestures toward her, including blowing her a kiss across the gym.
“These charges are not supported by fact,” Paris JC said in a news release Friday. “An independent investigation conducted earlier this year found no basis for the allegations. The school will defend itself in the proper venue.”
In March 2012, the former player’s complaint alleges, LeBeauf started to send Tate suggestive text messages. Tate, who left the program, is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.
The complaint, filed Dec. 13, alleges Tate went to the school’s president, Pam Anglin, to tell her about LeBeauf’s advances and was told that LeBeauf was “not a threat” and “that (she) should learn to deal with it.”
Tate’s suit alleges that another player says LeBeauf, in 2011, sent her similar text messages and kissed her while in his office.
The suit also contends a third player became the second athlete to leave the team in 2011 after LeBeauf “became inappropriate” with her and sent the player’s mother a picture of his genitals.