UPDATE: UNCW ‘discontinued’ longtime soccer coach’s job

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The parting of ways with longtime women’s soccer coach Paul Cairney was the school’s decision.

In an e-mail to WWAY, UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iamunno said Cairney’s “at-will employment has been discontinued.”

Iamunno would not provide any other details. The school confirmed yesterday that Cairney was no longer employed, but would not say whether the coach was fired or resigned.

Last December, the school learned Cairney had been accused of sexual misconduct by a female attendee of a soccer camp in 1997 and placed him on paid administrative leave.

After an investigation by the school and the SBI, the school also learned of a second misconduct claim against Cairney from 2004 made by a member of the university’s athletic department.

Cairney has been part of the UNCW Women’s soccer program since its inception in 1994.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story included a headline that Cairney was “fired.” However UNCW does not have an action called “fired.”

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