Killeen: Coach resigns after inappropriate communications with student

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas high school football coach resigned Tuesday after it was discovered he was engaged in inappropriate electronic communications with a 17-year-old student, according to Killeen Independent School District.

KWTX has confirmed the coach in question is James Crossland and he was an assistant football and sub-varsity baseball coach at Killeen High School.

The district said he was placed on leave last week while it investigated the claims.

“He was placed on administrative leave and barred from the campus while district investigators worked with police authorities to search his cell phone and school computer for evidence of wrongdoing. The investigation confirmed that the coach had communicated with the student, who is a junior, with inappropriate electronic messages,” district spokesman Terry Abbott said.

Crossland resigned Tuesday in lieu of termination, Abbott said.

Abbott said the district reported the incident to state investigators.