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UND volleyball coach resigns amid crash investigation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota volleyball coach Ashley Hardee submitted his resignation Wednesday, according to a release from the school.

The resignation comes as Hardee is being investigated for a reported hit-and-run accident Sunday while the team was in Portland, Ore., at the Big Sky tournament. The school put Hardee on paid administrative leave Monday.

“I would like to extend a sincere apology to the program, the university and the community for a serious lapse in judgment,” Hardee said. “... I thank the entire community for its tremendous support over the past five years.”

Portland State University spokesman Scott Gallagher said the accident was reported at 5:05 a.m. Sunday the University Center Hotel, and that witnesses alleged the UND coach was driving the car that struck an unoccupied vehicle. No injuries were reported.

The campus public safety office is investigating, Gallagher said.

Hardee, 40, was hired at UND in 2009 and just completed his fifth season. He led UND to its first Big Sky Conference title in any sport last month. Hardee also led UND to two Great West Conference titles and won the league’s coach of the year award twice.

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