Union College announced in a press release on Thursday night that head hockey coach Rick Bennett was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the school.
Details about the situation are still scarce, but the college said they received the allegation against Bennett on Wednesday night and the school placed him on leave the following afternoon. The athletics director of the Union, Jim McLaughlin, told the local newspaper The Daily Gazette that the school will have no further comment until the investigation is completed.
Bennett has been with the Dutch since 2005, starting as an assistant coach and then taking over the main post from Nate Leaman in 2011. He led the small school to its greatest successes, including winning the 2014 national championship. This season, Union is 6-11-3 and 44th on the Paarwys rankings.
Assistant coach John Ronan will take over behind the bench while the allegations against Bennett are investigated. Union is scheduled to host Brown in a match tonight.