The allegations against John Tait has yet to have been made public, but reports have been release that the Olympic Bronze medalist coach has resigned.
Rugby Canada has announced that they have parted ways with their most successful coach last Monday, Tait opted to resign in the wake of an independent review into a complaint from current and former players of their women’s team.
The investigation found no beaches of policy but Tait clearly has left his position untenable, despite the Olympic Games being around the corner now.
“The investigator noted the conduct described in the complaint reflected the experiences of the 37 NSW7s [national senior women’s sevens] athletes. However, the investigator determined that the conduct referenced was not behavior which fell within the policy’s definition of harassment or bullying,” Rugby Canada said in a six-paragraph release.
“The investigator also concluded, in agreement with both parties, that it would not be viable for John Tait to resume his duties as head coach of the national senior women’s 7s. Mr. Tait has submitted his resignation as both head coach and high-performance director to Rugby Canada to pursue other professional opportunities.”
“I was not surprised that the investigation, which I had requested to be initiated, concluded that the complaints were all unfounded and did not breach any of RC [Rugby Canada] policies,” Tait said in a statement Monday. “Regardless, I no longer desire to continue as the national team head coach or in the role of high-performance director and have therefore decided to resign.”
“This entire experience has been extremely difficult and stressful for my family and I,” added Tait, who declined further comment when reached by phone.
Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen, also added “players are frustrated and dismayed with the conclusion of the investigation.”
“There is an ongoing shift regarding what is considered to be appropriate behavior in sport, and it is important that Rugby Canada keeps current with these changes,” he said.
Vansen said Rugby Canada had approved an updated safe sport policy manual in March “after almost two years of work with expert counsel and our provincial unions.”
Vansen said Rugby Canada will, post Olympics, undertake an independent assessment of the women’s sevens and other programs “to help us understand the journey and experiences of our athletes and staff involved with our national teams.”