Fired Coach Sues

July 13, 2017

Matt Heath has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, the College of Charleston, alleging that he was fired from his position as Head Baseball Coach without being given the opportunity to defend himself.

According to The Post And Courier, the lawsuit alleges that Heath had been accused of verbally abusing his students, giving excessive practice to his players, and, in one case, imitating a sex act against a player, based on information gathered in an investigation conducted in June. Matt Roberts, Charleston's Athletic Director, submitted a recommendation that Heath be terminated for “just cause,” thus forfeiting the money he had not been paid in his contract.

Heath alleged that the investigation was “biased” against him, and was determined to find reason to fire him from his position. Heath's lawsuit names Roberts, the College of Charleston, and its president, Glenn McConnell, and seeks damages for alleged harm to his reputation and emotional distress.

“The suit claims that Matt was denied his constitutional due process,” said attorney Allan R. Holmes of Gibbs & Holmes, who is representing Heath in the case. 

Mike Robertson, director of media relations for the College of Charleston, sent an email saying, “The College does not comment on pending litigation.”

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