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Florida HS Assistant Fined $5,000 for Recruiting

Jones High School assistant football coach Andrew Anderson plans to appeal a hefty fine.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Here’s an interesting story for high school coaches — particularly the ones that barely make $5,000 as a coaching stipend for an entire season.

Jones High School assistant football coach Andrew Anderson plans to appeal a hefty fine levied by the Florida High School Athletic Association for violation of its recruiting policies, he told the Sentinel Wednesday morning.

Anderson was fined $5,000 as a first-time offender for breaking FHSAA rules that prohibit coaches from contacting students “in an effort to urge, entice or pressure” them to switch schools for the purpose of participating in athletics.

The FHSAA ruling, sent to Jones principal Allison Kirby earlier this month, cited screen shots of May 15 text messages from Anderson to a Haines City player and former Oak Ridge freshman that read in part, “U still coming?”.

According to FHSAA documents, Jones self-reported violations that included the recruiting of a football player and the participation of a pair of ineligible student-athletes at track and field events.

For more on this story, visit the Orlando Sentinel.

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