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Former Quinnipiac women’s hockey coach accused of physically and verbally abusing players

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Former Quinnipiac women’s hockey coach accused of physically and verbally abusing players

Former Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey coach Rick Seeley is being accused of abusive behavior during his time at the university.

Seeley allegedly took a slap shot at a player’s head, told players to kill themselves and grabbed a player by her jersey in a game at Harvard University in 2015, according to court documents.

Seeley coached the team from 2008 to 2015, but was fired when the allegations from the Harvard game surfaced.

Seeley is currently suing Quinnipiac for wrongful termination.

When reached by the Daily News for comment, Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs at Quinnipiac, said, “The university does not comment on pending legal matters.”

Andrew Badillo, who is a reporter for Quinnipiac’s TV station Q30, first wrote about the court filings when Seeley filed a lawsuit. Badillo said the Harvard game was the tipping point for the coach.

Prior to the 2015 game, players had accused Seeley of both physical and verbal abuse in end-of-season surveys.

Former Quinnipiac women’s hockey coach accused of physically and verbally abusing players

“Instances where he tells players to slip their wrists if they weren’t playing up to par in his eyes, and he would also make pointed threats to individual players in front of the entire team. One player said she couldn’t even keep track of how many times he called her (expletive) stupid,” Badillo said to WTNH.

Badillo was able to obtain the surveys dating back to 2009.

One player in 2009 wrote “coach was a crazy man” and another in the 2012-2013 surveys said Seeley would “throw people’s sticks across the room, pushed a player off a bench and made them feel ‘worthless.’ ”

The former coach is also suing the parent of a former player for libel after they released evidence of Seeley’s abuse to Q30.

Seeley and his lawyer, Bob Mitchell, who denied the allegations to WTNH, did not return a call to The News for comment.

Allegations against Seeley go back to his first NCAA Division I coaching job with Clarkson.

When Q30 first ran the story of the allegations against Seeley in 2015, former Clarkson players reached out to the outlet to speak out about his abuse there.

Courtney Bills played for Seeley in his first season at the school and she, too, said she was grabbed by the coach after lifting her leg when a slap shot was coming at her and the incident scared her so much she urinated in her pants.

“And I got to the bench and he grabbed me by the jersey, and just, how he probably did the same thing to this other girl (in the NCAA Tournament), and said ‘If you do that one more time, I’m going to f—ing cut your legs off,” Bills said Q30.

Former Quinnipiac Athletic Director Jack McDonald told QBSN at the time that he was unaware of the coach’s behavior at his previous job at Clarkson.

“Obviously if we knew what is being alleged, then (the hiring) just wouldn’t have happened,” McDonald said.

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