OSHKOSH - A former UW-Oshkosh baseball coach has lost his appeal to get his old job back.
Tom Lechnir's last day was June 30th, after more than three decades of association with the program.
Lechnir is not surprised he will not be getting his job back.
"I fought the good fight. We knew we had no chance to win an appeal," Leichner said.
University officials allowed Lechnir's contract to expire at the end of June.
Lechnir appealed the non-renewal decision in front an ad-hoc committee of UWO employees on August 6th. The committee made no determination, but Chancellor Richard Wells decided not to give Lechnir a new contract.
"He stands by that decision, absolutely," said university spokesperson Alex Hummel.
In a letter to Lechnir dated Monday, Chancellor Wells said based on the committee's review, there are sufficient grounds for the decision to decline to issue a new contract.
Wells wrote, "I conclude that there is evidence of your unwillingness or inability to work cooperatively and effectively with your colleagues in the Division in addressing challenges, overcoming obstacles, and pursuing opportunities for progress in intercollegiate athletics and the broader campus community."
According to the committee's findings, Lechnir proved he did a good job with student athlete retention and community relations.
However, he failed to persuade members one way or the other on issues including fund raising and administrative duties.
The university has said Lechnir is responsible for more than a quarter of a million dollars of debt associated with the building of a new baseball stadium.
"Significant progress was not made on that and that's one of the main reasons why, one of the four reasons, the university decided not to renew," said Hummel.
"They finally accomplished their goal," Lechnir said.
Lechnir added despite Chancellor Wells' decision, the appeal was a huge positive for him, because it forced the university to have objective people listen to the case.
"The truth is, there is not a debt, and the truth is that they financially mismanaged Alumni Stadium, and they're pinning the debt on me," said Lechnir.
Lechnir can seek a judge's review of the decision by serving and filing a petition within 30 days.
"I will relentlessly pursue the truth," Lechnir said.
University officials say the decision is final, and as far as they're concerned the matter is closed.
They are now in the process of interviewing finalists for the coaching position.
Lechnir's attorney, Jason Wied, said in a statement Monday afternoon: "We will file appropriate legal action in the very near future."
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