WMU letter outlines reason for coach’s firing

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A former head coach for Western Michigan University was fired for inappropriate and insensitive comments he made to student-athletes, a letter from the university reveals.

Women’s Track and Field head coach Kelly Lycan was fired Thursday. A WMU letter to Lycan outlines the reasons for his ousting.

“Upon further review of this specific situation and the overall health of your program, I have determined that an unhealthy culture exists and that your continued presence with the team would create a volatile environment,” WMU Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard wrote.

The letter 24 Hour News 8 obtained through the Freedom of Information Act does not specify what Lycan said, but says he admitted to making the comments on Feb. 19.

In the letter to Lycan, Beauregard says his comments violated his contract by “engaging in behavior that is seriously prejudicial to the best interests of the University” and for causing “substantial embarrassment to the University.”

Lycan was placed on administrative leave last week. He has coached track and field and cross-country since 2001.

WMU says while Lycan can no longer travel and work for WMU immediately, his termination will take effect March 10, giving him 10 days’ notice as required by his contract.

Lycan will continue to be paid until March 31, according to the notice.

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