Monday afternoon the University of North Dakota Athletic Director Brian Faison issued this statement:
"University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Ashley Hardee was placed on administrative leave on Monday, December 2nd, pending the outcome of an internal review of matters that occurred over this past weekend," Faison said. "We have no further comment at this time."
UND lost a game to Idaho State Friday night in the semifinal round of the Big Sky tournament. The game was played in Portland. The UND volleyball team didn't fly out until Sunday morning.
Portland State spokesperson, Scott Gallagher tells Valley News Live that Hardee is being investigated for a hit and run incident Sunday morning. Hardee allegedly hit an unoccupied vehicle and left the scene. No one was injured.
Gallagher says Portland State is working with UND officials to investigate the incident.
Hardee was named head volleyball coach at UND in January of 2009. He is credited with turning the volleyball program around, leading his team to a successful first year in the Big Sky conference in 2012. In the new league, the team went 10-10 in conference play which earned them a spot in the postseason tournament.
UND defeated North Dakota State University 3-0, for its first Fargo win wince 1976 and Hardee became the first UND coach to defeat NDSU more than once since Polly West did so twice in 1976.
Hardee's record, 88-33, is the winningest percentage in UND history. Hardee moved to UND following eight years at New Mexico State University.