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UNM not renewing the contract of women's soccer coach Kit Vela 3 months after hazing incident


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The University of New Mexico is not renewing the contract of women's soccer coach Kit Vela three months after a hazing incident.

School officials announced the move Thursday.

Vela had a 122-104-45 record in 14 seasons with the Lobos.

The team was 10-6-2 this season, finishing third during the Mountain West regular season before losing in the conference tournament semifinals.

Vela was suspended for a week without pay and 22 players were suspended for one game after the hazing episode in August.

An internal investigation showed underclassmen were humiliated by being forced to perform inappropriate gestures and the hazing was an ongoing tradition in the Lobo women's soccer program.

Two players were hospitalized from excessive alcohol consumption as part of the hazing event that reportedly lasted more than two hours.

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