BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe responded to The Daily Universe on Wednesday about “expressed concerns” by the men’s tennis team regarding the conduct of BYU head coach and director of tennis Dave Porter.
“We are aware of the issues that are currently being expressed within our men’s tennis program and we are addressing these issues internally, while continuing to engage with our players and coaches at this time,” Holmoe said. “The well-being of our student-athletes is our #1 priority, and we are committed to addressing these issues and providing safe environments for all. »
The issues were first made public in an article in the Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, which cites a letter written by members of the BYU men’s tennis team, including a “team manager,” who was sent to BYU Dean of Students Sarah Westerberg on February 22. 15 after feeling that their concerns were not being addressed by BYU’s athletic administration.
The letter, according to the Tribune, cites instances of verbal abuse by Porter, including inappropriate language, threats to expel players from the team and mockery of student-athletes’ academic performance, among others.
The Daily Universe has reached out to BYU Athletics to speak to the players about the concerns, but BYU associate athletic director Jon McBride, who handles communications and media strategy, said there were no plans to address them. make it available for comment at this time.
“The main focus right now is the internal conversations that continue to take place between players, coaches and sports administration,” McBride said. “Good conversations are definitely happening.”