ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University has fired men’s lacrosse coach Ben DeLuca, two months after the season was canceled because of hazing.
Athletic director Andy Noel says new leadership is required. Assistant coach Matt Kerwick will serve as the interim coach.
The college announced the cancellation in September after an investigation determined upperclassmen had hazed freshman players who were made to drink beer to the point where some vomited.
Last year, a university fraternity was found guilty of hazing in the alcohol poisoning death of a Cornell student. Authorities said a 19-year-old sophomore from Brooklyn died after drinking too much alcohol during a hazing ritual.
In three seasons under DeLuca, a former Cornell player and assistant coach, the team went 37-11 overall and 16-2 in the Ivy League.