Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: ‘Softball Players Detail Years of Mistreatment by Coach, Neglect by Cornell Athletics’

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to a May 11 letter to the editor in The Sun signed by several alumni and former coaches of Cornell Softball. While I respect their loyalty for supporting a former teammate, coach or colleague, I note the following. First, only four of the 52 players who signed the letter actually played for head coach Julie Farlow ’97 during her tenure as head coach; second, each of those four players was in her senior season when she played for Farlow as head coach (I understand the player in the Class of 2017 who signed the letter was abroad her entire junior year); and third, none of them played for Farlow as head coach for more than one year. Accordingly, the perspective offered by the alumni players is based on their experiences with Farlow as a teammate or an assistant coach under the direction and supervision of the beloved and highly successful Coach Dick Blood and not as a head coach. While Farlow may have been adequate as a teammate or an assistant coach following the guidance of Coach Blood, as a head coach she has been an absolute failure and is single-handedly destroying the culture, goodwill and reputation of a program Coach Blood and each of the alumni players worked so hard over the years to build and maintain.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: ‘Softball Players Detail Years of Mistreatment by Coach, Neglect by Cornell Athletics’

To the editor:

We are writing today to express our support for head Coach Julie Farlow ’97, as alumni of the Cornell Softball program. In a recent article published in The Sun, Coach Farlow was characterized as a leader who lacked integrity and genuine concern for the emotional, mental and physical well being of her players. As alumni who have played for, played with, and worked alongside Coach Farlow over the 20 years of her involvement with Cornell softball, we find this characterization objectively false, and find that it runs counter to our own experience as members of the program. The Cornell softball team has a long history of excellence and achievement both on and off the field. This history has been achieved by setting incredibly high standards for players.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: ‘Two Cornell Softball Players Dismissed From Team Day After 2019 Season Ends’

To the editor:

Parents, family and friends are deeply concerned about the conduct of Coach Julie Farlow ’97 and the culture she has created at Cornell softball. On the day after The Sun’s article was published, two team players were dismissed by Coach Farlow and another player quit the team. The players were called individually into meetings with Coach Farlow, two additional coaches and one individual from the Director of Athletics Office and informed they were being kicked off the team. What an incredible abuse of power imbalance through intimidation and domination — so many adults to a single player. Once injured, players are shunned, blamed and shamed publicly.