Scott Zollinger, 45, has compiled a 137-86 record in 10 full seasons coaching the Lancaster High School (Ohio) girls basketball team while earning about $70,000 annually for his coaching and teaching duties. A gifted coach, Zollinger apparently was technically challenged, and like a lot of us over 40, should not have been texting. Zollinger is accused of sending an “inappropriate” text message to team members, one that was intended for a former student/player who has since graduated. (That’s still creepy, but at least he waited until she was out of school.) According to police, the text message was sent to a “hot … mama” and read: “Didn’t c any tan lines in that pic. U were layin out on the nude beach weren’t u! Have a great day. Iluvmshhh.” As a result, the district investigated and Zollinger has–not surprisingly–resigned. And, it seems, the parents of the girl it was intended for are also not happy. Anybody happy here? (Thanks to David S. for the link!)
Here’s more from the Columbus Dispatch:
The school district has finished its investigation of Zollinger and forwarded its materials to the Fairfield County prosecutor’s office, Callihan said. The district’s investigation indicated that the text message apparently was intended for a woman who formerly played on Zollinger’s team, but since had graduated. When asked about the player, Zollinger told investigators that a “relationship had been established in the summer after graduation, but it was discussed with the (woman’s) parents and the parents stated that it was unacceptable.” The former student’s parents said that after learning that their daughter had gone to Zollinger’s home, they met with him to voice their objections. The former player declined to talk to school officials about the matter.