Coming Out

Rutgers’ new athletic director Julie Hermann acknowledges she is lesbian

Julie Hermann

Julie Hermann

CHICAGO — New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann revealed in her online biography that she is a lesbian.

Julie Hermann

Hermann took the job in May after 15 years as an associate athletic director at Louisville and spent part of this week in Chicago at Big Ten media days, with the Scarlet Knights set to join the conference next year.

She answered questions about her biography, in which the last line reads that “Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a seven-year-old son, Aidan.”

Hermann has denied recent allegations that she verbally and emotionally abused volleyball players she coached at Tennessee in 1996.

Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was fired after video surfaced showing him verbally and physically abusing his players during his three-year tenure, including anti-gay slurs.

The fallout included the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti.

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