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Coach accused of using team to get dates

This news story was published on March 12, 2013.
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SEATTLE, March 11 (UPI) — A high school softball coach resigned from his job with Seattle Public Schools after being accused of using his team of girls to find him dates, officials said.

The coach, identified as Troy Hennum, resigned Friday after a woman told his superiors she was targeted for a date, ABC News reported.

Kat Aagard, 25, said a group of teenage girls from Roosevelt High School came into the sporting goods store where she works.

“They asked me if they could get my phone number and picture for their coach,” she told ABC News.

Aagard said she and Hennum exchanged a number of text messages. She said he told her the softball players helped him find dates.

“‘Right? Genius. Great way to meet a girl. Use my girls. LOL,'” Hennum allegedly wrote in one text message.

“He seemed like a nice enough guy for a while,” Aagard said.

Aagard said she did an Internet search for Hennum and found articles about his departure from a school in nearby Lake Washington, which said it found no cause to discipline him for an incident that allegedly involved texting a student. But Hennum was not on the school’s staff the next season, ABC reported.

“I was completely … shocked to see something inappropriate happened with this coach before,” Aagard said.

Aagard decided to report Hennum to the principal of Roosevelt High School and she told ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV that he called her to “sincerely apologize … for any inconvenience myself or the team caused you.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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