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Published December 02, 2013, 06:10 PM

UND Volleyball Coach Hardee on Administrative Leave after Alleged Hit-and-Run Accident

UND gave no details on action against volleyball coach, but reports say Hardee was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident at 5:05 a.m. Sunday

By: WDAZ Sports, WDAZ Sports

(GRAND FORKS) -- UND volleyball coach Ashley Hardee has been placed on administrative leave by UND for an incident that occurred last weekend in Portland, Oregon, where UND was competing in the Big Sky Conference tournament.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Portland State spokesperson Scott Gallagher confirmed there’s an ongoing investigation after a reported hit-and-run car accident at the team hotel Sunday morning.

“At 5:05 Sunday morning, we had a report from our University Center Hotel of a hit and run accident,” Gallagher said. “Our Campus Public Safety office is investigating. Witnesses alleged the UND volleyball coach was driving the car that struck the other unoccupied vehicle. Nobody was injured. Currently, the Campus Public Safety office is working with the UND Police Department as part of the investigation.”

Gallagher said the incident is being investigated as a hit-and-run.

UND athletic director Brian Faison issued a two-sentence statement late Monday afternoon, which read:

“University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Ashley Hardee was placed on administrative leave on Monday (Dec. 2) pending the outcome of an internal review of matters that occurred over this past weekend. We have no further comment at this time.”

Hardee's team was seeded second at the Big Sky tournament, but was ousted in Friday's semifinals, ending the season with a record of 22-11.

A Big Sky Conference official told WDAZ Sports that the conference has "no knowledge" of any incident involving Hardee at the tournament.

Hardee just ended his fifth year as UND coach. He has a record of 111 wins and 44 losses. He has coached his teams to three regular-season conference championships, including the Big Sky championship this season.

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