On the recordings, the coach could be heard shouting profanities at unidentified players on several occasions. At one point, he's heard telling a potentially injured player that she was a "dumb f---."
At Holy Cross, Gibbons has been head coach of the women's basketball team for nearly 30 years. He is a legend at the college in the suburbs of Boston, and only the sixth person to coach the women's basketball team. He is the winningest coach in the program's history.
In the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan because the plaintiff lives there and because of a number of connections that Holy Cross has to New York City, Cooper is seeking unspecified damages from Holy Cross. Among other things, she wants to be reimbursed for her tuition and expenses at NYU because her original plan was to earn her bachelor's degree at Holy Cross courtesy of the full basketball scholarship she was awarded.
"When I heard this story, as a former Division 1 athlete, lawyer and – most importantly – mother, I was outraged to learn that this was going on," said Cooper's lawyer, Elizabeth Eilender. "Most importantly, the college was doing nothing about it."