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UWO coach Lechnir sues for reinstatement

6:56 PM, Sep. 17, 2013  |  Comments
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Former University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh baseball coach Tom Lechnir has asked a Winnebago County judge to review the university's decision to not renew his contract.

In a civil lawsuit filed Friday, Lechnir claims UWO Chancellor Richard Wells' decision not to renew his contract as baseball coach violated Lechnir's right to due process and equal protection. He argues he consistently satisfied or exceeded fundraising goals and had no complaints about his conduct or performance until, he claims, the university had mismanaged funds for the renovation of the Titan baseball stadium.

UWO officials allowed Lechnir's contract to expire on June 30 citing a bad attitude and poor performance.

In August, the UWO Academic Staff Appeal Committee reviewed Lechnir's dismissal at his request, but concluded it was not able to reach a decision on whether his dimisal was justified. The committee deferred to Wells, who upheld Lechnir's non-renewal on Aug. 19.

In the lawsuit, Lechnir asks the court to reverse Wells' decision and grant any relief the court deems appropriate. The case has been assigned to Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Hart Key. No future court activity has been scheduled.

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