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Wife obtains court order against Abegglen

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The wife of Weber State University basketball coach Ron Abegglen obtained a protective order against him following an altercation that left her with a broken wrist.

In the protective order served on her husband over the weekend, Nedra Abegglen, 56, wrote that she had gone to his office July 3 to talk about the couple's marital difficulties."He became angry and pushed me backward out of the door into the hallway. I fell and broke my wrist and hurt my back and head," she wrote.

Nedra Abegglen said her right arm was in a full arm cast. "I love him. I care about him and he's a great coach," she said. "But he crossed the line.

"I'm not going to give him a chance to do it again," she said, although she said she has not made up her mind about whether to file for divorce.

The protective order signed by Judge W. Brent West bans Abegglen, 61, from the couple's Washington Terrace home. The order allows him at the home only to pick up possessions and only in the presence of a police officer.

It also sets a July 20 hearing on the future status of the order.

Weber State President Paul Thompson met with the coach before the protective order was filed Friday. He said he was aware of the allegations but the conversation was confidential.

"Weber State is looking into the matter, but at this point there has been no complaint filed with the university," Thompson said.

Nedra Abegglen has not reported the July 3 incident to police and said she probably won't.

Ron Abegglen, already on a two-year probation at WSU for recruiting violations, told the Standard-Examiner on Monday he had talked with his wife for several hours Sunday after being served with the protective order.

"We're trying to patch things up," he said, although he expressed some surprise at his wife's strong statements. "We're just trying to survive the past few days. I thought it was going well."

Of the July 3 altercation, he said, "It was a push and an accident. She fell and hit her wrist." He said his wife tripped over her own feet after he pushed her. "It scared me and it scared her."

In Nedra Abegglen's petition for the protective order, she also refers briefly to other alleged incidents. "Throws furniture at me. Threw me down the steps," she wrote.

She declined to elaborate except to say she was not seriously injured and did not report those incidents to police either.

But she said she is speaking out now in hopes it might "help others" in a similar situation. "I wouldn't want this to happen to my daughter, or anyone else's daughter."

Ron Abegglen's professional problems stem from WSU's self-imposed sanctions in 1996. The sanctions came as the NCAA was investigating the Weber State basketball program.

The allegations, eight of which the NCAA defined as major, were delivered to WSU on April 16, 1996. The major alleged violations focused on improper tuition assistance, recruiting inducements, travel and lodging for players.

The university conducted its own investigation into the charges and announced several self-imposed sanctions against Abegglen and the basketball program on Aug. 7, 1996. The investigation found most of the charges to be "substantially true," though it did dispute some of the allegations.

Weber State finished 14-13 last season, including a 12-5 mark in the Big Sky Conference.