Mark Schubert denies lawsuit claims

Former U.S. national swimming coach Mark Schubert is denying allegations he wrongly fired another coach after she became aware of abuse allegations within his Southern California club.

Schubert's attorney, Richard Foster, filed documents this week in Orange County Superior Court describing the lawsuit by Dia Rianda as being "replete with distortions and out-and-out lies."

Rianda, a coach and philanthropist, says Schubert hired her last year to assist him at the Golden West Swim Club. She claims Schubert fired her July 11 after she learned of abuse allegations against his close friend, Bill Jewell, and strongly objected to him working at the club.

Schubert's response says he shouldn't have even been named in Rianda's suit, but she did so only "to unfairly damage his reputation and his professional standing."