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PFW won’t renew contract of women’s basketball coach

Niecee Nelson PFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Citing "the team's competitive performance" in recent years, Purdue Fort Wayne's Athletic Director on Friday said the school will not be renewing the contract of women's head basketball coach Niecee Nelson.

In a news release announcing the decision, AD Kelley Hartley Hutton does not mention allegations of a hostile environment within the women's basketball program during Nelson's tenure.

"This decision is based on the team's competitive performance over Nelson's time as head coach," Hartley Hutton said.

Hartley Hutton credited Nelson for a significant improvement in the grade point average of team members, but the team has struggled mightily in recent years -- finishing the 2020-21 season with a dismal record of 1-22.

In January, following accounts that originated with an IndyStar investigative report, the PFW Athletics Department provided ABC21 with a statement noting that it had reviewed Nelson's conduct and determined no policy violations. The school added: 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.

Nelson has been the head coach since 2016. She previously served as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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