FAU fires coach Brandon Stokes for alleged hazing activity

Zack Kelberman

For the second time in as many weeks, an FAU sports team has lost its head coach.

According to Owl Access, men’s tennis coach Brandon Stokes was fired on Friday for allegedly engaging in “borderline hazing” activity. Last Wednesday, it was reported that Owls women’s soccer coach Brian Dooley left for a position with Missouri.

Stokes’ dismal end came during a meeting with Athletic Director Pat Chun, who questioned Stokes about potential hazing.

When contacted by Owl Access, Chun refused to comment. However, an FAU spokesperson confirmed that Stokes, who’s held the job since 2008, is indeed no longer the coach.

Although Stokes’ firing appears sudden, a parent of a current tennis player revealed to Owl Access that “multiple minor incidents” led to Chun’s decision.

Stokes denies all accusations, saying they’re “not true,” and plans to independently fight the findings.

“I have other options to pursue to defend myself,” Stokes said.

FAU has not announced an interim coach and has no plans to hire a full-time replacement until after the season. The Owls are currently 0-2, with their most recent loss coming Sunday against Florida A&M.

The UP will keep you updated on this story as it develops.