Delaware State University announced today that Tamika Louis has been reinstated as the head coach of the Lady Hornets basketball team following an investigation into allegations that she harassed and intimidated players.
One day after she was reinstated as head basketball coach for the DSU Lady Hornets, Tamika Louis' attorney, Chase Brockstedt, of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, said she is pleased to be back on the job.
“She’s very happy to be doing what she is supposed to be doing, coaching the womens basketball team at Delaware State University,” Brockstedt said.
Although the university refused to discuss the investigation, Brockstedt said the conclusion was that Louis had done nothing wrong. She was notified of her reinstatement in a letter signed by DSU President Harry Williams, he said.
“The initial allegations were bullying and discrimination, and there were no findings she engaged in any of that behavior,” he said.
Brockstedt said Louis felt the team needed a different approach, a way of coaching that some of the women may not have been expecting.
“When she was brought in, she was asked to take over a team the needed structure and a more disciplined approach,” he said. “She feels she has implemented that in a fair and impartial way.”
The rules Louis imposed on the team were approved by the school and team members, Brockstedt said.
“She is confident she will make the program a success and she looks forward to getting back to doing that,” he said.
At the moment, Brockstedt said, Louis is not considering a lawsuit against the school.
“But there is nothing off the table,” he said.
Delaware State University had announced on Thursday that Louis has been reinstated following the investigation into allegations she had harassed and intimidated players.
The university’s two-sentence statement announcing the ruling states, “Delaware State University recently concluded a thorough and impartial investigation of allegations concerning Tamika Lewis [sic], DSU Women’s head basketball coach. As a result of the investigation, the University has informed Coach Lewis [sic] that she should resume her responsibilities as head coach of the Lady Hornets Basketball Program.”
University spokesman Carlos Holmes, who issued the statement shortly before 10 a.m., said the school would not address the issue any further.
“The only thing I can say is, if you ask if she’s back to work, the answer is yes,” Holmes said.
“You can ask 55 different questions and ask them 55 different ways, and you’re going to get the same answer.”
The university’s Office of Human Resources, headed by Irene Chapman-Harris, led the investigation.
The university had reassigned Louis’ duties and launched its investigation more than a month ago, after the school received a letter from the parent of a player who alleged Louis used “harassment, intimidation, and threats to keep the players quiet about her dehumanizing behavior.”
Days after the Dover Post first reported the allegations and Louis’ suspension, several more parents and players came forward to report they had notified the university of similar allegations as early as 2012.
The parent who filed the complaint that led to DSU’s investigation told the Dover Post on Thursday that she had not been contacted by the school before Louis’ reinstatement was announced.
Gary Thornton, who with his wife Trisha, sent an email to DSU officials in February 2013 expressing concerns about Louis’ alleged treatment of their daughter, Alexis, said he also had not been contacted by the school before the statement was released.
“Wow,” Thornton said on receiving the news of Louis’ reinstatement. “This is amazing. I feel like I went through hell with my daughter at that school. I don’t feel the school ... they take care of their own.”
Thornton, who is originally from Maryland, said Alexis went to DSU because two relatives live near the school. His daughter, who was considered a major talent during high school, is continuing her studies near their El Paso home, but no longer shows much interest in basketball.
“Her drive is gone,” Thornton said. “And that’s what I’m upset about.”
Jimia Redden, who contacted the school over complaints raised by her daughter, Coreenah, said she also had not been contacted before news of Louis’ reinstatement was made public.
“That’s crazy,” she said, when told of the university’s ruling.
Redden said she now considers the incident done with.
“We’re at the point where we’re over it,” she said. “It’s sad the girls had to go through that type of abuse, and the school doesn’t see it.”
Louis was hired as head women’s basketball coach by DSU in 2012, according to the university’s website. She previously coached at George Washington University in Washington D.C., St. John’s University and the University of Illinois.