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Vela out as New Mexico coach after hazing incident

Kit Vela (right) will not be retained as New Mexico coach after 14 seasons. (August 20, 2014.     REUTERS/Joe Kolb)

Kit Vela (right) will not be retained as New Mexico coach after 14 seasons. (August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Kolb)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico says women’s soccer coach Kit Vela will not return to the school after a season that included discipline for a hazing incident.

School officials said Thursday that Vela’s contract will not be renewed after 14 seasons. She had a 122-104-45 record in 14 seasons with the Lobos.

The team was 10-6-2 this season, finishing third in the Mountain West before losing in the conference tournament semifinals.

Vela was suspended for a week without pay and 22 players were suspended for one game after the hazing episode in August.

[GRAINEY: Hazing responsibility falls on New Mexico coaches]

An internal investigation showed underclassmen were humiliated by being forced to perform inappropriate gestures and the hazing was an ongoing tradition in the Lobos women’s soccer program.

Two players were hospitalized from excessive alcohol consumption as part of the hazing event that reportedly lasted more than two hours.

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