Former Holy Cross coach, fired after 34 years, sues school

WORCESTER, Mass. — The former coach of the Holy Cross women's basketball team who was fired in March after 34 years has sued the school, alleging breach of contract, defamation, age discrimination, infliction of emotional distress and other wrongdoing.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Bill Gibbons' suit filed Thursday seeks monetary damages. In a cover sheet accompanying the complaint, Gibbons' lawyer, Stephen Abraham, estimated damages at $750,000.

The defendants are the school, its president and trustees.

According to the lawsuit, the 60-year-old Gibbons was suspended Jan. 31, after an internal investigation into a dispute he had with an assistant coach during a game last November.

The school announced in late March that Gibbons would not return as coach.

A Holy Cross spokesman said the college does not comment on pending litigation.

Seton Hall hires Ka-Deidre Simmons assistant hoops coach

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Former Seton Hall standout Ka-Deidre Simmons has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach.

Coach Anthony Bozzella announced the hiring on Wednesday, noting Simmons will serve as a coordinator of basketball operations.

A native of Newark, Simmons helped the Pirates to a national ranking and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years in 2015. She is the school's all-time leader in assists (562) and free-throws made (502), third in points (1,717) and second in steals (257).

Simmons replaces Christian Pierre-Louis on the staff.