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Fired Iowa field hockey coach lands at Duke after settlement

Posted August 8

— Duke says former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum has joined the Blue Devils as a volunteer assistant coach.

Griesbaum spent 14 seasons coaching the Hawkeyes before being fired weeks before the 2014 season amid claims by former players that she mistreated them, which Griesbaum denied. Her partner, former top athletic administrator Jane Meyer, was later fired as well.

Both filed discrimination lawsuits against Iowa. A jury in May found that the university illegally discriminated against Meyer based on her gender and sexual orientation. Iowa then settled with Griesbaum for $1.5 million to avoid a June trial.

The school will pay a total of $6.5 million for the two lawsuits.

An internal university review had found no policy violations by Griesbaum. She had a 169-107 record at Iowa.

In a statement Tuesday, Griesbaum thanked Blue Devils coach Pam Bustin for the chance to get back into coaching.

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