An email from Rachelle Thompson to the team Thursday night said she was stepping down after six years to spend time with her family and focus on personal goals.
“It has recently become increasingly difficult for me to come to work each day with my normal passion,” the email read. “As a result, I now find myself in a place I never imagined — walking away from a sport and a program that has meant the world to me.”
All eight gymnasts in the 2012 recruiting class left the program before their senior season, and assistant coach Samantha Brown said she was fired in January after refusing to work under the head coaches.
Brown and the former gymnasts said that Rachelle Thompson pushed athletes to perform through injuries, pried into their personal lives and mocked their weight.
Earlier this week we reported Brown, and former Penn State gymnasts posted a petition to investigate the Penn State woman’s gymnastics coaches. Read the article here.