UMKC Assistant Softball Coach Greg Bachkora is taking “a short leave of absence” after the Kansas City Star published accusations of sexual harassment made by three of his former players earlier this week.
The announcement came from the Director of Athletics Brandon Martin Tuesday afternoon, in a campus-wide email sent out by Chancellor Mauli Agrawal.
According to Martin, Bachkora volunteered to temporarily step down while the new athletics director “review[s] all aspects of UMKC softball, with the goal of providing assurance to students, parents and fans that we are delivering on an excellent standard of care for our student athletes.”
Martin said that he, along with Chancellor Agrawal and Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer, met with current softball team members following the Star’s report.
“They told us that story doesn’t match their knowledge or experiences,” said Martin. “And I have had many expressions of support for the program and the coaching staff from their families, as well as alumnae of our program.”
“Nonetheless,” Martin continued, “… my instinct is to take a step back and learn more.”
Agrawal said he supports Martin’s approach to the situation.
In addition to meeting with school administrators, current softball players also took to the school’s SGA meeting Monday night to defend Bachkora, claiming that the Star’s report is incorrect.
The university has so far defended its handling of complaints filed against Bachkora last May.