1. Brendan Faherty left Yale after one year its women's head coach
, amid allegations regarding his relationship with two former female
players -- one of sexual misconduct and another of a consensual sexual relationship -- at the University of New Haven, where he had coached a decade earlier. He was hired from Stony Brook University
to replace longtime women's coach Rudy Meredith, who resigned after last season and later accepted a plea deal for his part in the nationwide admissions scandal that rocked college athletics.
Faherty's departure followed a report
in the Yale Daily News. Faherty’s
lawyers said their client denied the allegations. 2. OKC Energy FC named John Pascarella as the new head coach
, replacing Steve
Cooke, whose contract was not extended ahead of the 2020 USL Championship season. Pascarella was an assistant coach the last two seasons at Minnesota United. Before that, he spent eight seasons as an
assistant and goalkeeper coach at Sporting Kansas City and one season as the head coach of the PDL's Des Moines Menace. Pascarella is the third coach in Energy FC’s seven-year history after
Jimmy Nielsen and Cooke. 3. Real Salt Lake hired veteran youth coach Arnold Rijsenburg
as the director of coaching at its
academy. The Surinamese-born Rijsenburg has extensive experience working in Belgium, where he trained the likes of Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellani, Nacer Chadli, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke, and
at Qatar's Aspire Academy. Rijsenburg will oversee the work of the RSL Academy academy staff that includes director Tom Spall and three new coaches, Cody Worden, Chris Gores and Rob Rogers.