Iowa Declines to Reinstate Coach; She Alleges Bias

October 2, 2014

A lawyer for the women's field hockey coach fired by the University of Iowa for alleged verbal abuse of athletes in August has sought her reinstatement and asserts that female coaches are unfairly held to a higher standard than men, the Associated Press reported. The AP, citing documents obtained through an open records request, reported that the university had declined to reinstate Tracy Griesbaum, who was fired after several current and former players said she had bullied them. A lawyer for Griesbaum said that Iowa had fired five female coaches since 2009. "Female coaches have complaints used against them to drive them out and males do not," the lawyer, Tom Newkirk, said.

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