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Orlando Pride coach Amanda Cromwell placed on leave amid investigation

Orlando Pride head coach Amanda Cromwell has been placed on leave. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando Pride head coach Amanda Cromwell and first assistant coach Sam Greene have been placed on temporary administrative leave, the club announced Tuesday.

The move by the Pride comes after recommendation from the NWSL and NWSLPA that the coaches be placed on leave pending an investigation into “alleged retaliation in violation of the NWSL Policy to Prevent and Eliminate Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying.”

The league has frozen any roster movement in Orlando to prevent players from being traded or waived, The Athletic reported.

Assistant coach Seb Hines will step in to lead the team as interim coach. Once the full investigation concludes, a decision will be made about Cromwell’s and Greene’s futures with the club.

Cromwell was hired by the club last December. She had coached at UCLA from 2013-21, and at Central Florida from 1999-2012. Greene had served on her coaching staff at UCLA and joined her in Orlando.

The NWSL and and NWSLPA’s joint investigative team has been conducting a league-wide review of harassment and discrimination complaints since October 2021.

Cromwell is the second head coach to be placed on leave this season. In April, Houston Dash placed James Clarkson on leave at the recommendation of the NWSL and NWSLPA. Acting coach Sarah Lowden has led the Dash to a 3-2-1 record – good for second in the NWSL standings – in his place.

The Pride are 2-2-3 this season and sit ninth in the NWSL standings. They next play the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday.