Holmes County Central High (Lexington, Miss.) school will name an interim football coach following the resignation of head coach Tony Woolfolk.
WJTV-TV reported Woolfolk, who was also the school’s athletic director, resigned Tuesday. Superintendent Powell Rucker told the station that Woolfolk “violated the district’s texting policy with students.”
According to WAPT-TV, district policy “prohibits faculty and staff from texting students.”
The subject matter of the alleged text messages has not been disclosed.
Woolfolk denied the improper communication to Gannett partner The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and stated that the reason for his resignation is to care for his ailing father.
“I’m going home to take care of my dad,” Woolfolk said. “He’s sick. He’s fallen, and he’s at that age that I need to go take care of him.”
Woolfolk said he met with his team Tuesday to make them aware of his departure. He said he did not know who will be taking over his role on an interim basis.
“I talked to my players, the coaches yesterday,” he said. “They know exactly what’s going on.”
Woolfolk is eligible to collect retirement from the state of Mississippi after serving as a coach and teacher in the public school and university ranks for more than 25 years. Prior to spending two seasons at Holmes County, Woolfolk coached at Yazoo City for 14 seasons and held positions on staff at Alcorn State, Albany State and South Carolina State.
“I’ve got 30 years of experience all the way around,” he said. “In 30 years of coaching, I’ve never had anything like that (referring to the allegations of texting student-athletes) go on anywhere. All my players I’ve coached will tell you that. It’s weird coming from Holmes County.”
Multiple calls to from The Clarion-Ledger to Rucker were not returned Wednesday.
The Jaguars are 6-2 this season and in a three-way tie for second place in Region 2-5A. The team is scheduled to play Grenada on Friday.