Ex-Iowa field hockey coach releases, rebuts report

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Several former Iowa women's field hockey players alleged they were pressured to play injured and sought therapy due to negative experiences under Coach Tracey Griesbaum.

In this photo provided by the University of Iowa athletics department, women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum watches the team from the sidelines. Griesbaum, who led the Hawkeyes to success during a 14-year tenure, says she was fired after a group of former players falsely claimed that she mistreated them and that she did nothing to warrant being relieved from her post.

Griesbaum provided The Associated Press the university's summary of its previously confidential investigation, which led to her August firing. She called the allegations false and said was proud of her 15 years leading a successful program.

The investigation didn't substantiate any policy violations but said it was very concerning that several former players described "a team environment of fear, intimidation and/or mistreatment."

Griesbaum denied she pressured anyone to play through injuries, saying she took a conservative approach. She says she's aware some players sought therapy, but doesn't see that as negative.

Griesbaum's planning legal action against the school, alleging gay female coaches have faced discrimination.