UA women's basketball: Assistant coach named in Texas sexual harassment lawsuit

2014-01-04T00:00:00Z UA women's basketball: Assistant coach named in Texas sexual harassment lawsuitBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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.

Contact reporter Zack Rosenblatt at zrosenblatt@azstarnet.com or 573-4145. On Twitter @ZackBlatt

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Utah 5 1 0 0.833 15 3 0 0.833
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
Washington 3 3 0 0.500 14 4 0 0.778
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
UCLA at
Oregon
1/24 64-82
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
Colorado
1/24 58-90
Arizona at
California
1/24 73-50
Arizona State at
Stanford
1/24 70-89
Washington at
Utah
1/25 6:30 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
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