Hall of fame female track and field coach Bev Kearney has resigned after admitting to a 10 year affair with a female athlete. A head coach at Texas since 1993, Kearney is well known in the track world. She led the Longhorns to six national titles and was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. However, she was keeping a secret.
Last year, the crap hit the fan when the university learned of an affair in 2002 with a female student. The revelation came at just about the same time Kearney was discussing a pay raise and a contract extension. Hmm…did Bev cut somebody off? Why else would someone come forward? Maybe it was someone with knowledge of the affair that blew the whistle. Either way, it is an unfortunate situation. Even though the affair was between two consenting adults, there is a level of trust and integrity that comes with being a coach or any type of teacher or advisor. We don’t know all the details of how the affair began, but it seems like things ended on a sour note.
“Is it because I have a disability? Is it because I’m black? Is it because I’m female? Is it because I’m successful? Is it now because of my sexual preference?” Coach Bev Kearney asked on CNN’s “Starting Point” Tuesday. “I had to finally come to embrace not knowing why, and I had to embrace it because the more you try to figure out why, the harder it is to forgive.”
After resigning, Bev Kearney obtained a lawyer and is expected to sue. Read more from CNN below.