Location: New Rochelle, NY.
Motto: Fight the good fight.
Enrollment: Approx. 4,800.
Type: Private and Catholic
Notable Alumni: Don McLean, the man behind "American Pie."
Skeletons in Closet: Looks down upon Social Sciences, no quad, Dean of Students roots for Fordham, Gael looks like a leprechaun, athletic officials might be racist.
If there's any validity in this story, perhaps Iona officials didn't get the memo about Civil Rights.
Holcomb had helped coach the Gaels to a winning record in all but one of his seasons and guided the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Yes. Problems on the court.
Nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit against Iona College alleging wrongful termination based on his marriage to a black woman, former men's basketball assistant coach Craig Holcomb has been granted the opportunity to state his case in front of a jury.
A three-judge panel decided Holcomb was entitled to prove an interracial marriage did motivate Iona to fire him, noting it was the first time it had concluded an employer could potentially violate the Civil Rights Act by dismissing an employee based on association with a person of another race.
Holcomb contends his 2001 marriage to Pamela Gauthier was viewed within the college as a detriment to fundraising, and says it played a role in the school ultimately firing him.
Iona maintains there were a number of problems on and off the court, that prompted the firing.
Holcomb says Iona former AD Rich Petriccione verbalized a racial bias on numerous occasions. Witnesses testified Petriccione used the "n" word and other slurs in reference to members of the basketball team and staff members at the college.Like he was going to marry a bottle of syrup. Pffft.
Holcomb testified Petriccione offered an offensive remark in February 2000 when asked whether a wedding invitation had been received. According to court documents, Petriccione responded by asking if Holcomb was, "really going to marry that Aunt Jemima?"