Virginia Commonwealth University Fires Coach For Being Gay

James Finley coached Virginia Commonwealth University’s women’s volleyball team for eight years, but was fired this month, and according to Finley, it’s because he is gay and new athletic director Ed McLaughlin doesn’t approve. The team finished 3rd in their first Atlantic 10 Conference with a stellar 25-6 record overall, and the players had a perfect graduation score. Nevertheless, McLaughin allegedly said they “wanted to go in a different direction” with “someone to better represent the school.” Finley is fighting the decision, hoping the school’s nondiscrimination policy protects him from this apparently unjust firing.