Jenny Moshak retiring from UT over 'issues of equality'

Lawyer asked to open McVeigh's job

Lady Vol trainer Jenny Moshak is congratulated by the team after she was presented with a car during a celebration for the 2008 NCAA National Champion Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team at Thompson Boling Arena on Wednesday. Moshak's treatment of Candace Parker's injured shoulder was a key factor in Tennessee winning its eighth national title.

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Lady Vol trainer Jenny Moshak is congratulated by the team after she was presented with a car during a celebration for the 2008 NCAA National Champion Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team at Thompson Boling Arena on Wednesday. Moshak's treatment of Candace Parker's injured shoulder was a key factor in Tennessee winning its eighth national title.

Jenny Moshak is leaving the athletic trainer’s room at the University of Tennessee, but not without having a final say.

The associate director of sports medicine at UT, who’s a co-plaintiff in a lawsuit against UT, issued a statement Friday through her lawyer, Keith D. Stewart, saying that she took an early retirement over issues related to the suit.

“Due to the overall atmosphere since I raised issues of equality at the University of Tennessee and given the university’s unwillingness to address the issues of discrimination and retaliation, I cannot continue my association with the university’s athletic department,” Moshak said in the statement.

Moshak, who worked at UT for 24 years, said in the statement that her retirement began on Thursday. She said that she will continue pursuing a career in sports medicine and “continue the fight for equality and justice within athletics.”

Moshak’s salary was $102,500, according to an open records request made by the News Sentinel in July.

Moshak is a co-plaintiff in a U.S. District Court lawsuit against UT alleging discrimination and retaliation filed on Oct. 11, 2012. She had been the lone plaintiff still employed by the university. Associate strength and conditioning coach Heather Mason was relieved of her duties this spring. Collin Schlosser, a former associate director for women’s strength and conditioning, was among 15 UT athletic department employees terminated on April 16, 2012.

Through an open records request by the News Sentinel, it was learned that Stewart sent an email to university assistant general counsel Michael D. Fitzgerald on Aug. 1 with concerns over the UT work environment in the wake of Mason’s firing on April 25. Stewart described the situation as “untenable” and taking “a serious toll” on Moshak’s health and well-being. Before counseling Moshak to continue at UT, he asked the university to consider reopening the director of sports medicine position held by Jason McVeigh.

In a letter to Stewart dated on Tuesday, also obtained by an open records request, Fitzgerald said the only specific event identified by Moshak was Mason’s termination. The letter said the decision “cannot create a hostile work environment for Ms. Moshak.” Also, the athletic department administration was unaware of any harassing or retaliatory behavior toward Moshak.

“If Ms. Moshak believes she has experienced inappropriate workplace harassment or retaliation, then she should file a complaint with the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity,” the letter stated.

UT athletic department spokesperson Jimmy Stanton said Friday the university would not comment on the matter.

Lady Vols basketball coach Holly Warlick said that she spoke this week with Moshak. Warlick said that Moshak informed her of her decision and told Warlick that she planned to do speaking engagements and promote her book “Ice ’N’ Go.”

“It was a shock to me,” Warlick said. “I’m sad for all of us. I think she’s the best trainer in the country. But I’m excited for her because (the speaking is) what she wanted to do.”

Warlick also said, “(Moshak) was not forced out, not to my knowledge.”

Moshak graduated from Western Michigan University in 1985 with a degree in physical education. She earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Tennessee. She spent one year on the sports medicine/athletic training staff at Penn State before returning to UT in 1989 as head athletic trainer.

Moshak, who is from Skokie, Ill., has been a certified member of the national athletic trainer’s association since 1986. She’s been a certified strength and conditioning specialist since 1997.

Moshak served for 11 years as an adjunct lecturer for UT’s exercise science department.

“I truly love the Lady Vols,” Moshak said in her statement. “I am honored to be a part of the rich tradition of Lady Vol athletics and even prouder to have supported the physical, mental and emotional development of women in sports and life.”

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vol98champ writes:

Probably a good decision. Lawsuits against and employment for don't usually go well together. I agree with Holly---Sad.

Caspian writes:

Jenny worked miracles in the therapy room over the years. Very compassionate person. So long, and thanks for all the ice.

Munsterlander writes:

Good riddance.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

It didn't take long to find out we have morons posting on women's sports as well as the men's. Holly was right, it is sad but the people who will really miss her are the athletes. Her compassion and professionalism can never be measured but only appreciated by those who have a brain larger than a peanut.Best of luck Jenny in your future endeavors and thanks for your many years of service.

RockyTop1_old writes:

She WILL be missed!! She will always be a Lady VOL!! She DID work miracles with our girls through the years and Pat acknowledged that often. We will miss both her and Pat for a LONG time. I wish her well!! GO LADY VOLS!!

voloffaith writes:

Disputes aside...worth her weight in gold for all the boo boo's she helped to mend/rehabilitate/sling/etc. Yes, issues there but don't be a herman munster and see only the differences and be unthankful for the many helpful things done.....many we don't ever hear or know...............

ChadsFordVolunteer writes:

She single handedly got the Lady Vols the title in 2008, with her care of Candace Parker's shoulder. She's first rate and a true Vol. I hope she nails the UTAD in her lawsuit - they've earned it in the last 2 years - and exposes Hart for the fraud that he is. Maybe then folks will wake up and send him packing.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Don't let the door hit ya..Another example of Dave Hart trimming the fat off of the athletic department.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Don't let the door hit ya..Another example of Dave Hart trimming the fat off of the athletic department.

Just curious who do you say will pick up her prior responsibilities? Lil harsh with the "trimming the" slim statement ....we all get set in our ways and things are going good then a major change comes that rattles the cage and sometimes elicits a response of "foul".

NashvillePreds writes:

Good luck finding one of the plethora of jobs that pays six figures in the world of women's athletic training.
Get on board, or get out.
Viva la Hart

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to NO_SIR_REE:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

What have you ever been correct about? Mr. Jackson State CC grad.

Giverny writes:

This will give her more time to spend with the husband and kids...

ChadsFordVolunteer writes:

in response to NO_SIR_REE:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

He's just another one that misses Dooley and Hart's crackerjack hire in Sunseri. He claimed Sunseri was the defensive genius of the century. No one takes anything he writes on here seriously.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Just curious who do you say will pick up her prior responsibilities? Lil harsh with the "trimming the" slim statement ....we all get set in our ways and things are going good then a major change comes that rattles the cage and sometimes elicits a response of "foul".

I will admit that the way i phrased that retort could be perceived as cruel. However, i was referring to the budget only (no intent to poke fun at her weight). As far as replacing her, that's not up to me or anyone but UT brass. Dave Hart will get us quality personnel.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

She single handedly got the Lady Vols the title in 2008, with her care of Candace Parker's shoulder. She's first rate and a true Vol. I hope she nails the UTAD in her lawsuit - they've earned it in the last 2 years - and exposes Hart for the fraud that he is. Maybe then folks will wake up and send him packing.

I agree that she did a good job with Parker that year. That doesn't mean that no one else could have gotten the same results though.

MetroplexMojo writes:

I don't know all the facts (nor does anyone posting here) so I will not opine on the legal merits of her case but I don't see how all the blame falls on Hart. Consider the following...

- She originally brought her claim in 2010 and UT later ruled their was no discrimination in April 2011. Hart wasn't hired until September 2011. See link below

- Moshak received pay increases from $91K to $102K over the last 2 years or a 6% annual increase. Not too bad for this economy

- One of the downsides of suing your boss is the office dynamic does change. It's somewhat similar to the office employee that uses strong-armed tactics (i.e interviewing at other companies to get job offers only to get matched) for salary negotiations. At some point, corporate leadership will not trust that employee and that employee will get passed over for big projects. That can create a lot of resentment There's no black and white answers in these cases...just a lot of gray.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/n...

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

She single handedly got the Lady Vols the title in 2008, with her care of Candace Parker's shoulder. She's first rate and a true Vol. I hope she nails the UTAD in her lawsuit - they've earned it in the last 2 years - and exposes Hart for the fraud that he is. Maybe then folks will wake up and send him packing.

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

underthehill writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

He's just another one that misses Dooley and Hart's crackerjack hire in Sunseri. He claimed Sunseri was the defensive genius of the century. No one takes anything he writes on here seriously.

How can you say such a thing about a self proclaimed Rhodes ..not sure whether is it scholar or student..

Ironcity writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I don't know all the facts (nor does anyone posting here) so I will not opine on the legal merits of her case but I don't see how all the blame falls on Hart. Consider the following...

- She originally brought her claim in 2010 and UT later ruled their was no discrimination in April 2011. Hart wasn't hired until September 2011. See link below

- Moshak received pay increases from $91K to $102K over the last 2 years or a 6% annual increase. Not too bad for this economy

- One of the downsides of suing your boss is the office dynamic does change. It's somewhat similar to the office employee that uses strong-armed tactics (i.e interviewing at other companies to get job offers only to get matched) for salary negotiations. At some point, corporate leadership will not trust that employee and that employee will get passed over for big projects. That can create a lot of resentment There's no black and white answers in these cases...just a lot of gray.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/n...

Well said the moment she sued her employer she needed to get her resume ready. I guess what she decided to do instead was write a book on UTs dime.

WaltGoVoIs writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

She single handedly got the Lady Vols the title in 2008, with her care of Candace Parker's shoulder. She's first rate and a true Vol. I hope she nails the UTAD in her lawsuit - they've earned it in the last 2 years - and exposes Hart for the fraud that he is. Maybe then folks will wake up and send him packing.

Concur.

People should be skeptical of power not in thrall to it.

Hart still hasn't done anything right.

Walt

UT '81

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Don't let the door hit ya..Another example of Dave Hart trimming the fat off of the athletic department.

I posted this a couple of weeks ago when they discussed the 9.1% increase in salaries within the athletic department. I'm not sure how much fat is really being trimmed.

- Given the consolidation and budget crunch, the 7.2% headcount increase is worrisome.

- After you take out the increase/(decrease) in salaries attributable to the new football staff and Coach Summitt, that still yields a 5.6% increase in salaries. That's over 3x the increase in inflation during the same period

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I posted this a couple of weeks ago when they discussed the 9.1% increase in salaries within the athletic department. I'm not sure how much fat is really being trimmed.

- Given the consolidation and budget crunch, the 7.2% headcount increase is worrisome.

- After you take out the increase/(decrease) in salaries attributable to the new football staff and Coach Summitt, that still yields a 5.6% increase in salaries. That's over 3x the increase in inflation during the same period

I was fixin' to post those exact same stats....

underthehill writes:

in response to WaltGoVoIs:

Concur.

People should be skeptical of power not in thrall to it.

Hart still hasn't done anything right.

Walt

UT '81

He has done some things wrong..one being the hire of Sunseri.. some on here have such little common sense as to know he did..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I posted this a couple of weeks ago when they discussed the 9.1% increase in salaries within the athletic department. I'm not sure how much fat is really being trimmed.

- Given the consolidation and budget crunch, the 7.2% headcount increase is worrisome.

- After you take out the increase/(decrease) in salaries attributable to the new football staff and Coach Summitt, that still yields a 5.6% increase in salaries. That's over 3x the increase in inflation during the same period

You're correct, but in time all those payouts and job streamlining will help balance a deficit if the University keeps their grubby hands out of the athletic budget funds.

RJ63 writes:

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MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

You're correct, but in time all those payouts and job streamlining will help balance a deficit if the University keeps their grubby hands out of the athletic budget funds.

I don't know if I'd consider a 7% increase in headcount as an example of streamlining.

Longhunter writes:

"Sometimes when people talk about this sin they've been accused of being racist. I'm offended that homosexuals will say that homosexuals deserve rights.

Any man in America deserves rights, but homosexuals are trying to compare their plight with the plight of black men or black people. In the process of history, homosexuals have never been castrated, millions of them never died. Homosexuality is a decision. It's not a race.”

Reggie White - Wisconsin General Assembly, March 25, 1998.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I don't know if I'd consider a 7% increase in headcount as an example of streamlining.

Touche', but consolidating men's/women's sports is certainly cheaper than completely separate departments. That's all I'm saying.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Longhunter:

"Sometimes when people talk about this sin they've been accused of being racist. I'm offended that homosexuals will say that homosexuals deserve rights.

Any man in America deserves rights, but homosexuals are trying to compare their plight with the plight of black men or black people. In the process of history, homosexuals have never been castrated, millions of them never died. Homosexuality is a decision. It's not a race.”

Reggie White - Wisconsin General Assembly, March 25, 1998.

The minister of defense was vilified over those comments and they are the absolute truth. Sexual orientation carries more weight than racial equality and that's the way society rolls these days. For shame, America.

sharonadams5#1419374 writes:

How can anyone say good riddance to the best trainer in the country? It is another example of male chavinism in
ahletics.

But, let's be sure to keep everybody and his brother in the men's programs though.

It is a travesty in the field of sports and a shame on UTK sports.

ChadsFordVolunteer writes:

in response to RJ63:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

It's nice to see that a representative of the Below Room Temperature IQ Club has raised that question.

SummittsCourt writes:

Sad day indeed. She will be missed, but she has to do what she feels best.

Pompey writes:

....there will always be a certain inequality in college sports as long as football is the money gorrilla.....!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

He's just another one that misses Dooley and Hart's crackerjack hire in Sunseri. He claimed Sunseri was the defensive genius of the century. No one takes anything he writes on here seriously.

Witch Doctor say Hart took the trash out. Shes the one that jumped in the basket. Witch Doctor say more sabotaging AD gone. Good riddance.
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say maybe now she can use her real name when trolling or attempting to sabotage the University? Na...lol
Bones never lie.

gameover writes:

Adios! After all, it does take a while to sweep out all the trash after you've let it pile up for years.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Don't let the door hit ya..Another example of Dave Hart trimming the fat off of the athletic department.

You surprise me, BB. Jenny did a GREAT job for the Lady Vols. Whether or not you agree with her belief that she was discriminated against, she will be missed by the athletes she cared for. I would say none of us outsiders know all the details of her situation. Who knows, many of us might feel the same way if we were in her position. I daresay most of us would like to think we would stand up for ourselves if we felt we were wronged, no matter what anybody else thought about it.

ChadsFordVolunteer writes:

in response to sharonadams5#1419374:

How can anyone say good riddance to the best trainer in the country? It is another example of male chavinism in
ahletics.

But, let's be sure to keep everybody and his brother in the men's programs though.

It is a travesty in the field of sports and a shame on UTK sports.

She was widely recognized as the best athletic trainer - man or woman - on UT's staff. A part of her lawsuit stems from the fact that Hart prohibited her from even applying for the head trainer's job when it came open. How people can offer up support for Hart - much less tolerate giving him bonuses - in light of the Sunseri fiasco (costing us millions) and his disastrous handling of the departmental consolidation (courting lawsuit after lawsuit and not saving a nickel in the process) is a complete mystery. Of course, as this site sometimes demonstrates, there are no shortage of stooges who'll believe anything.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

I agree that she did a good job with Parker that year. That doesn't mean that no one else could have gotten the same results though.

You are balancing what somebody demonstrably DID do against a total hypothetical. There is no way at all to reach such a judgment. She was the person on the spot and she came through. You can't ask any more than that.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to johnlg00:

You surprise me, BB. Jenny did a GREAT job for the Lady Vols. Whether or not you agree with her belief that she was discriminated against, she will be missed by the athletes she cared for. I would say none of us outsiders know all the details of her situation. Who knows, many of us might feel the same way if we were in her position. I daresay most of us would like to think we would stand up for ourselves if we felt we were wronged, no matter what anybody else thought about it.

I have no argument that she did a terrific job for UT. My beef involves this suit that apparently was so horrible she couldn't bear another minute under the UT umbrella. Meanwhile she kept collecting checks and showing up for work. Either she's a glutton for punishment, or this was all a bunch of BS that will never be proven in court. My dealings with human nature leads me to believe this is a load of BS.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to johnlg00:

You are balancing what somebody demonstrably DID do against a total hypothetical. There is no way at all to reach such a judgment. She was the person on the spot and she came through. You can't ask any more than that.

My first sentence acknowledged what she "demonstrably did". For him to imply that the team trainer is solely responsible for that NC is the true hypothetical. I read your comments and respect your opinions, but you usually exhibit greater comprehension.

burpee_von_rotweiler_IV writes:

in response to Giverny:

This will give her more time to spend with the husband and kids...

Good one!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to NO_SIR_REE:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I know where you attended school, that's why I made that statement. As far as being a Rhodes scholar (never made that claim). I attended Memphis St and Southwestern @ Memphis (currently Rhodes University). Big difference between attending a university named Rhodes, and actually being a Rhodes Scholar. However, you are correct on the former football player part.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Giverny:

This will give her more time to spend with the husband and kids...

Witch Doctor say this one like fine art. good job! lol
Bones never lie.

MikeNPS writes:

Will she ever again in her entire life find a job paying her as much as she was paid at UT? I doubt it.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

My first sentence acknowledged what she "demonstrably did". For him to imply that the team trainer is solely responsible for that NC is the true hypothetical. I read your comments and respect your opinions, but you usually exhibit greater comprehension.

Well, that may be a bit of poetic license, since no ONE person can EVER be completely responsible for a national championship in a team sport. I just don't see how the idea that someone else MIGHT have done the same thing can be set against the fact that she DID do it. And BTW, I have no opinion on the merits of her suit and I do agree with others who said that she probably should have resigned when she filed the suit, stated the reasons for her resignation, and perhaps even made that part of the damages she was suing for. Things clearly got so bad for her that she felt she had no choice but to sue; those conditions probably should have been enough to prompt her to resign before now as well.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Hey Sama, no need to validate yourself to me or any other person on this site. You earned your degree and no one can take it away from you. So, please keep that point off the table, I'm sick of hearing about it and I'm certain everyone else reading feels the same. Here's your belated kudos for obtaining a college education, now you need some much needed life experience to accompany that piece of paper..Ciao.

volaholic45 writes:

Buh-bye

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to Giverny:

This will give her more time to spend with the husband and kids...

Bingo

RJ63 writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

It's nice to see that a representative of the Below Room Temperature IQ Club has raised that question.

Oh...an "I'm smarter than you...nanny-nanny-boo-boo" remark...how intelligent.

It was a legitimate question...didn't she help found it...maybe all by herself?

Just wondering if they can survive without her...at least until The Great White Throne Judgement

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