Winthrop University denies most of the allegations in a lawsuit filed by former women's soccer coach Melissa Heinz.
The university last month filed its response to Heinz's lawsuit, which alleges gender inequities and a hostile environment in the athletics department.
The school's attorney, Vance Bettis of the Columbia law firm Gignilliat, Savitz and Bettis, filed the response on Nov. 30.
The filing refuted most of Heinz's allegations.
Heinz complained of a salary disparity between herself and men's coach Rich Posipanko. Winthrop explained that "coaches salaries are established based upon experience, success, achievement and market."
The disparity between Posipanko's 2009 salary, $59,137, and Heinz's, $47,644, was in direct relation to his 21 years as head coach at Winthrop compared to Heinz's seven years.
The school also said the additional income earned by each coach for summer camps was far different than Heinz's claim.
According to Winthrop's figures, Posipanko earned $15,000 and Heinz $7,000 in 2009 from camps. Heinz's complaint said Posipanko earned "roughly $30,000" and Heinz made "roughly $3,500" from 2008 summer camps.
Heinz requested that the summer camps be divided by gender, according to Winthrop's filing, but the university's administration said the school should not sanction exclusively single-gender soccer camps.
Heinz also argued that her team had to practice inside the track oval and that the men's team had its own practice field. Winthrop contends the men's program does not have its own practice field and that it generally uses an unlighted half soccer field for practice.
When she was hired, Heinz made it clear she wanted a full practice field. There are two available: one beside the game field and one inside the track oval. Heinz chose the track and, during part of the 2009 season, she also chose to use the unlighted half field.
Winthrop noted that Posipanko "spent significant time" maintaining the game field by cutting the grass, painting lines, raising money for bleachers and painting goals. Heinz did not.
The document also states that women's soccer received funding for more scholarships (11.62) than the men's program (9.67).
Exit interviews completed by members of the women's team who graduated or transferred showed the players "liked (Heinz) as a person but believed she was not a good coach at the Division I level and was over her head coaching at that level."
Winthrop athletics director Tom Hickman decided in late November 2009 not to renew Heinz's contract. He told Heinz at the time that he did not have to give her a reason for his decision. But he pointed out that in the past four regular seasons, her teams had gone from first to fourth to sixth to eighth in the Big South Conference.
Heinz was to be reassigned within the athletics department at the same salary. She resigned on Feb. 9, effective Feb. 28, to accept the head coaching position for a new women's soccer program at Valdosta State University.
Hickman says he did not receive any inquiries from Division I schools regarding an interest in hiring Heinz and states that he helped her get her current job at Division II Valdosta State.