The former head coach of the North Carolina rowing team, who resigned in December amid a Title IX investigation into the program, has since worked in the athletic department as a "special assistant to the athletic director," according to personnel files.
Records show that Sarah Haney, who announced her resignation on Dec. 2, transferred into her new role the same day. In the announcement, Haney's new role was not mentioned. Her salary in the new role is $120,000, the same amount she has earned since being given a raise in July of 2018.
"When she decided to resign her head coaching duties, I asked if she would like to stay on to work on special projects, knowing that her experience as a long-time coach would enable her to help with research and share insights, particularly about how to make our rowing program better," athletic director Bubba Cunningham said via email.
The North Carolina women's rowing team finished last in the ACC 12 times under Haney's 18 years as head coach, and second to last six times. The program has never finished in the top half of the conference.
Haney declined to be interviewed for this story through a University spokesperson.
The Daily Tar Heel previously reported that the program was under Title IX investigation in regards to alleged misconduct on the part of Haney and assistant coach Anthony Brock, stemming from allegations made by rowers on the team. Brock has not responded to recent requests for an interview. He did not respond to similar requests back in December, but in March 2020, Brock generally denied the rowers’ allegations via an intermediary.
Haney denied being the subject of an investigation back in December. When a public records request for the outcome of the investigation was filed, the public records office said there were "no records responsive to the request."
Brock's employment ended on Dec. 13, according to his personnel file. The UNC Public Records office did not provide a termination letter for Brock.
The University's procedures state that appropriate offices "will maintain records of disciplinary actions or other corrective as part of an employee’s personnel record." Neither Haney or Brock has any disciplinary actions listed on their respective personnel files. The Daily Tar Heel previously reported that the rowers said Brock had been placed on leave in September before exiting in December.