Utah Royals terminate head coach after looking into alleged comments to staff

Craig Harrington (Photo: KUTV)

Craig Harrington is out as coach of Utah Royals FC, the club announced Monday.

It issued the following statement about Harrington's termination.

"Utah Royals FC is proud to represent the state of Utah nationally and across the globe. Utah Royals FC takes this responsibility seriously, and have committed to keeping the community and its fans apprised of team developments. After careful review and consideration, the Club has decided to part ways with head coach Craig Harrington. Amy LePeilbet will continue as Interim Head Coach until further notice. As Coach LePeilbet has already demonstrated, she is well-positioned to serve in this interim role and embodies the Club’s dedication to the highest standards of conduct, civility, and professionalism."

Harrington and assistant Louis Lancaster were put on administrative leave in September after reports of inappropriate comments. Harrington allegedly made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to staff. The former Chicago Red Stars assistant coach was introduced in February to replace Laura Harvey, who left to coach the U.S. U-20 team.

The administrative leave happened as owner Dell Loy Hansen is in the process of selling his soccer holdings, which includes the Royals, after he was forced to step aside after numerous reports accused him of a history of racist comments and behavior, in addition to misconduct.

The club separately said Lancaster will return as a Utah Royals assistant coach.