Beth Fegan and Lynn Ellenberger led a class action case brought on behalf of three former student-athletes against John Rembao, their former track and field and cross-country coach at the University of Arizona and the University of Texas-Austin. The lawsuit sought damages for plaintiffs’ significant physical and emotional distress arising out of the abuse they suffered.
Plaintiffs also filed related claims against the NCAA, alleging that the NCAA put student-athletes in harm’s way by failing to prohibit sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual contact between coaches and student-athletes, and by permitting coaches accused of sexual abuse, like Rembao, to move unfettered between NCAA schools.
Plaintiffs alleged that the NCAA facilitated a national epidemic by perpetuating a cycle of sexual abuse because it chose not to impose significant sanctions that would incentivize schools to report abuse and deter perpetrators.
Although the claims against the NCAA have been dismissed by the court as untimely, please contact Fegan Scott if you are a former NCAA student-athlete who was subject to abuse by your college or university coach.
Hear their stories. Erin, Londa and Jessica speak out about John Rembao and the NCAA: