FOXBORO — Brown University women’s basketball coach and local sports star Sarah Behn faces domestic assault charges in Wrentham District Court.
Behn, who was arraigned under her married name, Sarah McGahan, is accused of pushing her husband, Timothy McGahan, over a chair earlier this week at their Cutler Lane home.
Behn, 47, told police the couple is in the process of a divorce.
She was freed on her own recognizance with a court order to obey a restraining order her husband obtained against her.
Timothy McGahan called police around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday and told them that after his wife pushed him over a chair he got up and she assaulted him again.
“Mr. McGahan then stated that when he stood up Mrs. McGahan pinned him up against the wall,” the police report states.
Behn told police her husband was “yelling at her mother and she stepped in and pushed him away from her,” the report states.
When police interviewed Behn’s mother, Diana, the police report states, she told them it was only a verbal argument.
Behn’s lawyer, Jerome Sweeney, did not return a call and email from The Sun Chronicle Friday but told The Providence Journal that Behn denies the allegations and that it was a “private matter.”
Behn pleaded innocent Monday and is due back in court Sept. 7 for a pretrial conference.
The couple has four children.
Behn joined Brown University after spending three seasons, from 2011 and 2014, as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where she guided the Riverhawks’ transition from Division II to Division I play in 2013-14.
A Brown spokesperson could not be reached by The Sun Chronicle Friday but told The Providence Journal that the school had no comment.
“The university is not at liberty to discuss individual employees outside the context of their work activities, or any individual employee matters, which are not public,” the spokesperson said.
Behn previously coached at Franklin Pierce University and Framingham State University. She also coached at Foxboro High School, where she was a basketball star, and North Attleboro and Franklin high schools.
She is the all-time leading scorer at Boston College with 2,523 points.
Behn’s 2,562 points at Foxboro High stood as a state record at the time and still currently ranks in the top-10 career scoring performances in Massachusetts high school basketball history.