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At Jesuit-run school, women's basketball coach wants only players who accept same-sex marriage

April 20, 2016

The women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit-run school, has indicated that she does not want to coach women who are opposed to same-sex marriage.

Jennifer Azzi, the coach, last week announced that she and her top assistant are partners in a same-sex marriage. She told the San Franscisco Chronicle that she was confident her personal situation would not have an adverse effect on potential team members, and if anyone did object, “I don’t want to coach them anyway.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 21, 2016 10:42 AM ET USA

    A couple of years ago one of the founders of a new local Jesuit school insisted that there are many approaches to God. While this may be true by way of exception (cf. Vatican II), I have not been comfortable with the modern Jesuit approach for decades. About 25 years ago I was asked by the manager of a diocesan bookstore how I, "a scientist," could believe in angels. She proudly explained how she undergoes continual formation in the faith during her weekend retreats at the local Jesuit house.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Apr. 21, 2016 9:45 AM ET USA

    Most universities would have a problem with an employee and a supervisor in a a romantic relationship, regardless of their sex. If I read this correctly, the head coach is "married" to her assistant?

  • Posted by: k_cusick1963 - Apr. 21, 2016 8:03 AM ET USA

    Who died and made her God?

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 20, 2016 10:36 PM ET USA

    I'm glad to see that Jennifer Azzi explained the difference between a "Jesuit-run" schools and Catholic schools. We can be certain that no practicing Catholic would send their child to a "Jesuit-run" school.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Apr. 20, 2016 9:48 PM ET USA

    I wonder what motivates her to insist on such a thing

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2016 7:40 PM ET USA

    I believe that the Jesuit Order is not exerting more effort to impress the church's teachings on morality to those who teach in their' colleges & universities. Jennifer Azzi is completely wrong about not wanting players who are opposed to same sex marriage. She is discriminating against faithful Catholics. The administration of the U. of San Francisco needs to held accountable.