POSTED: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 1:22pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 9:47am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Long-time LSU Head Women’s Tennis Coach Tony Minnis has filed a lawsuit against the university. In May, LSU announced it would not renew Minnis’s contract with the university.
Minnis is seeking damages from LSU. Also named in the suit:
- The Board of Supervisors at LSU
- Miriam Segar, Senior Women’s Administrator
- Joe Alleva, LSU’s Athletic Director
- Eddie Nunez, Associate Athletic Director
Minnis claims he is the victim of race-based harassment and that he made as much as $30,000 less than white coaches in similar positions. Minnis also claims when he approached LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva with his concerns, Alleva threatened to fire him. But when his contract wasn’t renewed, Minnis tells NBC33 he wasn’t given any indication on why he was losing his job. Minnis’s Assistant Coach, Lisa Jackson, also was not renewed. Jackson is now serving as the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
An LSU spokeman tells NBC33 news they deny the allegations in the lawsuit.
Minnis tells NBC33, he wants to clear his name. He says since LSU decided not to renew his contract, he has had difficulty finding employment at another university.
Minnis’s contract was not renewed in May of 2012, just days after he and the LSU Women’s Tennis team returned from NCAA Tournament play.
Minnis first started working at LSU in 1992. He posted an overall win-loss record of 285-134. His records was 86-144 in SEC play. During his tenure, Minnis made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances. Minnis was the longest-serving and most successful coach in the history of Lady Tiger tennis. Minnis was named Southwest Regional Coach of the Year five times. He was named Louisiana Coach of the Year three times, and he was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 1997.
We will have more information on this story on NBC33 News at 10:00 p.m.