IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State University's former assistant tennis coach and the university have denied allegations made in a lawsuit in which a former tennis player says he was discriminated against because of his Mormon faith.

The Post Register reports that former coach Nate Gross has been accused of harassing Orin Duffin, who played on the team during the 2014-15 season, because of his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gross filed a response to the lawsuit saying he did not pick on Duffin because of his faith; he was hard on the player for being late for practice or performing poorly in drills. ISU filed a separate response denying Duffins allegations and claiming the lawsuit is invalid.