Nate Handrahan, former player and assistant coach on the Niagara University hockey team, stepped down from his position as head coach of the Ohio State women’s hockey team Monday after the completion an investigation into inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.
Handrahan, who graduated from NU after the 1999-2000 season and was an assistant coach for three years after, faced a number of accusations, including sexual harassment and intimidating conduct, according to a report by the Columbus Dispatch.
According to the report, Handrahan made sexual comments to his players about their relationships with boyfriends. He used the phrase, “get horny for the puck” during practices.
Handrahan was disciplined by OSU on Dec. 1 after missing a team bus to the airport for a return flight after playing a series in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He and an assistant arrived at the airport acting inappropriate and smelling of alcohol, according to the Dispatch.
Ohio State’s investigation found that Handrahan “engaged in a pattern of verbal conduct of a sexual nature”.
The Buckeyes went 67-64-15 in four years under Handrahan.
Niagara representatives declined to comment.