Univ. of Iowa Field Hockey Team Supports Fired Coach

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa’s field hockey team thinks the controversial firing of head coach Tracey Griesebaum is flat out “unfair.”

The university fired Griesebaum, but not for cause. They bought out her contract for $200,000.

In a team letter to the Daily Iowan, the players wrote:

“This season, we as a team, are going to play, but we are going to do so for Tracey, and play the season the way she taught us, which is with both respect, and hard work.”

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta released a statement in response Tuesday night:

“The women in our program have been very respectful and professional in several meetings with me and my staff.  While I don’t agree with everything in their statement, I do respect and appreciate the decision to support their former coach and their desire to publicly express it as a team.”

Griesebaum led Iowa to three Big Ten titles.