FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Fort Wayne NBC) – According to court documents, Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball assistant coach Alexis Meeks-Rydell is accused of abusing former players.
New to the coaching staff, Meeks-Rydell is a former IUPUI volleyball player.
Court documents indicate that she is accused of physically and emotionally abusing, sexual harassment and inappropriately touching former players.
Meeks-Rydell, originally from Leo, Indiana, was hired as an assistant coach at Purdue-Fort Wayne on June 1. She had spent the previous two seasons as the head coach of Division I South Alabama. She quit school in February, according to the lawsuit.
While in southern Alabama, two former Meeks-Rydell players allege they were regularly subjected to blatant sexual harassment and sexual, physical and emotional assault by Meeks-Rydell, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alabama.
According to the lawsuit, Rachael DeMarcus and Alexis Silver said Meeks-Rydell created a climate of fear and intimidation within the volleyball team starting in 2018.
The players are seeking a jury trial to receive financial compensation “in an amount which will fully compensate the plaintiffs for all that they have suffered and will continue to suffer in the future as a result of (result of the abuse)”, indicates the trial.
Here’s a look at the full lawsuit against Meeks-Rydell:
The Purdue Fort Wayne Fort Wayne released the following statement to NBC News from Fort Wayne.
“After learning of the lawsuit and allegations against Alexis Meeks-Rydell while at the University of Southern Alabama, she was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the university’s review of the case. That will be the scope of our comment at this time.
– Kelley Hartley Hutton, Athletic Director of Purdue Fort Wayne