FORT WORTH -- Paschal High School's varsity girls soccer coach is resigning effective April 1 after a district investigation found that he spanked a female student, sent inappropriate text messages to students and improperly sold snacks and drinks from his classroom, according to official records.
Coach Rick Adams could not be reached for comment, and his attorney, Daniel Ortiz, was out of the office.
Adams, who is in his fifth year with the district, was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 27 after Fort Worth school district officials began investigating claims that he spanked a female student on her birthday, according to documents the Star-Telegram obtained.
A student who saw the incident told her father, who reported it to an assistant principal.
In a statement to school officials, Adams wrote, "In the midst of everyone wishing her a happy 16th birthday, I swatted her on the side of her hip."
The student wrote in a statement to investigators, "I wasn't offended, but I think he crossed a line."
During the investigation, some students told investigators that they liked Adams and had no complaints while others said they were uncomfortable around him.
One player wrote that he occasionally slapped or touched teammates' and her buttocks and sent awkward texts, such as saying, "I Love You."
"We haven't told him to stop or anything of that matter simply because we don't want to make the situation more awkward than it already is," the player wrote. "He is the guy in control of our playing time, and we all have the desire to play."
In 2009, a parent brought forward concerns about Adams sending students nonsoccer-related and personal texts. School officials told him to stop, but he continued, according to the documents.
Adams told district investigators that he would text players about soccer-related activities, such as practices or games.
"I send out text messages to the whole team and even to parents if needed," he wrote. "I also respond to text messages when a player asks me about something, or tells me that she is going to miss a practice, is running late, is going to tutoring, etc."
But district investigators deemed some texts inappropriate. Multiple text messages ended with "Love ya!" and another text message from Adams ended with "be sure to delete this so your mother does not get mad at me," according to the documents.
The school district also substantiated reports of Adams selling snacks and drinks in his classroom, a violation of University Interscholastic League rules. The UIL did not hear the case, but the District Executive Committee suspended Adams for two games earlier in the season.
The school district substantiated further allegations of improper handling of money, such as not securing concession funds according to district policies and not providing transaction information or following procedures when he sold snacks and drinks in his room.
He had been advised in 2010 to stop selling the items, according to the report.
Eva-Marie Ayala, 817-390-7700
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