Matt Heath is no longer the head coach of the College of Charleston's baseball team.
Heath confirmed Friday night that he is no longer coaching the team. C of C officials declined to comment on the situation when contacted earlier in the evening.
Heath released a statement on his status with the program to ABC News 4 Friday night. In it, he says College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell refused to meet with him about his status with the team.
Heath also references in the statement unspecified "allegations" made against him. Sources have told Sports4, and other Charleston-area media have reported Heath was under investigation by C of C officials for abusive treatment of players.
Below is the statement in full:
I am extremely disappointed that I will not get to see this opportunity all the way through. I got to watch LSU and Florida play for the national championship series the other night and dreamed of taking the College of Charleston to the place where both of the teams I used to play for were just the other night. I am very confident that I know what it takes to get there and throughout my coaching career I've cared about my players tremendously and will miss these guys more than they will ever know. I really wish I could have continued to guide these guys who have bought into what me and my staff have tried to teach them both in baseball and in life.
As for the allegations, I am not a lawyer and I don't really completely understand all of that but the lawyers I've been dealing with are very confident that I have been wronged and will be taking the necessary steps from this point on. I am crushed that it has gotten to this point but President McConnell refused multiple requests from me to meet and discuss these false claims.
I am extremely humbled by the overwhelming support I've received from so many of my former and current players as well as parents and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I've received so many text messages, emails and phone calls that it truly makes me feel like I've done the right things throughout my nine years here. I lastly want to thank all of my coaching staff and apologize to them and their families for the circumstances they find themselves in. Nothing crushes me more than the situation they are in and I'd tell any head coach out there that is in need of a good assistant coach, I have some great ones that I recommend.
Heath spent five seasons as the Cougars' pitching coach before taking over as head coach following the 2015 season when Monte Lee left for Clemson.
Sports 4 has also obtained an email sent to members of the C of C baseball team Friday by athletics director Matt Roberts, informing them Heath is no longer the head coach. Below is a portion of that email:
Message from AD Matt Roberts RE: CofC Baseball Program
"I am writing to inform you that as of Friday, June 30, 2017 at the close of business, Coach Heath is no longer the Head Baseball Coach at the College of Charleston. I regret that we are unable to gather the team together for an in-person meeting at this time. We appreciate the contributions and efforts of Coach Heath and wish him the best in his future endeavors.
We will immediately begin a national search for a new leader and believe that great days are ahead for the program. We are fully invested in your success on and off the field. We are confident that we will once again compete for championships here at The College.
We will do our best to keep you informed as the process moves forward."
The email goes on to say C of C assistant coaches Austin Morgan and Jeff Whitfield will continue to serve in their same roles with the program.