Former CofC baseball coach Matt Heath files lawsuit over firing

Matt Heath (FILE/WCIV)

Details of allegations against ousted College of Charleston baseball coach Matt Heath are becoming public as the former Cougars coach has now filed a lawsuit against the university, its president and the athletic director.

The lawsuit filed Friday states Heath is accused of forcing players to practice on their day off, run excessively and do bear crawls. It also states he's accused of using "inappropriate and abusive language."

There is also a specific allegation the lawsuit addresses, one in which Heath is accused of jerking a pitcher up by the throat, telling him he got f----- by the opposing team and thrusting his midsection into the body of the pitcher saying that is what batters were doing to the pitcher.

The lawsuit states Heath was not allowed a chance to defend himself to administrators or speak to those who made the allegations. It refers to all the allegations as "uncorroborated and false." Heath's attorneys write a result of the way he was treated and terminated has been the presence of emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, loss of esteem in the community and damage to his reputation.

CofC confirmed the firing of Heath on Saturday July 1. It was about 24 hours after players were informed by email. It was also a day after a statement was issued by Heath, stating he was no longer coaching the team and that College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell refused to meet with him about the issue.

Heath spent five seasons as the Cougars' pitching coach before taking over as head coach following the 2015 season when Monte Lee left for Clemson.

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