The head coach of the University of Southern California’s women’s volleyball team — who has enjoyed a winning, 17-year career in the position — will not be returning as head coach for the 2018 season. The university decided not to extend the man’s contract, even though the 74-year-old coach had no plans of retiring soon.
Coach Mick Haley is convinced that he was terminated as the head volleyball coach due to age discrimination, as the termination comes following an impressive season with a 25-10 overall record. The university tied for second at the Pac-12 tournament. Last year’s success in volleyball for USCA was better than expected. Furthermore, the coach ranked number 14 in the AVCA’s Coach’s Poll and number 11 in the NCAA RPI — which are two vital benchmarks for determining the success of a coach.
Considering the stellar statistics above, many were surprised that the coach was not invited to return for the 2018 season — and the most surprised of them all was Coach Mick Haley. According to Haley, he believes that the director of volleyball at the university planned to let him go before the completion of the 2017 season, as he had asked for an extension earlier last Spring, but the director refused to get back to him.
The director’s words seem to suggest that USC wants to get rid of its old guard as the director stated that “as we transition into the future of USC women’s volleyball, the outlook is strong.”
As the baby boomer generation continues to get older, we need to be on the look out for age discrimination, which can be subtle and difficult to detect. However, when victims of this pernicious form of discrimination can prove their cases in court, they may be able to receive financial compensation for the damages they’ve suffered.
Source: Daily Trojan, “