- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida high school volleyball coach faces dismissal from his job after allegations that he sent inappropriate messages to a ninth-grade player.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1TG661e ) reports the Volusia County School Board is recommending the dismissal of 29-year-old Steven Foxworth as a teacher and coach at DeLand High School.

In documents the school board released Monday, Foxworth made comments about the girl’s body.

Foxworth said the messages were an attempt to encourage a student with self-esteem issues.

His attorney, Mark Levine of Tallahassee, said “there’s nothing sexual in those emails.” He says Foxworth told him he was trying to lift her spirits and that wasn’t allowed to adequately “tell his side of the story” during the investigation.

The recommendation goes before the board June 14.

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