Ex-UA athlete gets $999,000 in settlement after being attacked by former coach

The incident occurred in 2015
Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 24, 2019

Former University of Arizona student-athlete Baillie Gibson was awarded $999,000 in a lawsuit settlement following a 2015 incident in which Gibson was assaulted by her former coach, the Arizona Daily Star reported Wednesday.

Last year, former UA track and field assistant coach Craig Carter was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted on two counts of aggravated assault. Gibson, a shot put and discus thrower at UA, told jurors that Carter sexually assaulted her after a track meet in 2015, and then used photos of the assault to force her to maintain a relationship with him that lasted three years.

Gibson filed a lawsuit against Carter and UA in November 2015. The state of Arizona will pay Gibson the $999,000 after it spent almost three times that amount to defend the case, the Daily Star reported.

"Baillie is very happy that the matter has been resolved and she feels vindicated," Gibson's attorney Lynne Cadigan said after the settlement was announced.