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Missouri State volleyball program under investigation

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 16:46:36-04

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State volleyball coach Melissa Stokes has been placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates "allegations involving the program."

The university announced the move Tuesday but provided no details about the allegations.

Stokes has been head coach for 23 years. Under her leadership, the Bears have gone to 10 NCAA tournaments. She did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment.

The Spencer Fane law firm will conduct the investigation. It's unclear how long it will take.

Athletic director Kyle Moats says the university has an obligation to take seriously any concerns raised about the sports programs. Associate head coach Manolo Concepción will take over coaching duties. The season begins in about six weeks.