ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Pride soccer team’s head coach and an assistant coach have been placed on temporary administrative leave as a result of an ongoing investigation, according to a news release from the club.
The club said Tuesday morning its head coach, Amanda Cromwell, and first assistant coach, Sam Greene, were placed on the temporary leave by recommendation from the National Women’s Soccer League and the NWSL Players Association joint investigative team. Assistant coach Seb Hines has been appointed as interim coach.
The NWSL said the investigation involves alleged retaliation in violation of the NWSL Policy to Prevent and Eliminate Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying.
A broader ongoing investigation began in October 2021 to explore allegations of workplace misconduct toward NWSL players, as well as systemic issues in the league that impact the prevention, detection, and response to misconduct.
“Providing a respectful environment and adhering to all league policies are of the utmost priority for the Pride. The club is committed to fully cooperating with the joint investigative team through the conclusion of this process,” the release said.
Cromwell was hired in December as the club’s third head coach. Greene joined the club in January 2022.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.