MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Former Stanhope Elmore High School Coach Jeff Foshee allegedly committed academic fraud and the Alabama High School Athletic Association imposed a penalty, according to a letter obtained through an open records request.
The letter reveals Stanhope Elmore High School Principal Dr. Jamey McGowin, in concert with Superintendent Dr. Andre Harrison and the Elmore County Board of Education, self-reported an alleged grade-changing incident to AHSAA.
The allegation centers around former athletic director and football coach Jeff Foshee, who resigned at an emergency-called board of education meeting on June 9. The letter states:
In June, WSFA 12 News reported allegations of misconduct, involving Foshee and teacher Abby Butler, had been reported to the Alabama State Department of Education. The ALSDE confirmed it was reviewing the allegations, but both of their teaching certificates were valid at the time. A spokesperson for the ALSDE confirmed Butler had been placed on leave from her post at Stanhope Elmore.
The letter lists two rules violations, including a rule involving "coaches conduct." That rule states:
Another "academic rule" was listed in violation. It involved the number of classes students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades must pass with a 70 or "C" average. It states:
The letter suggests only one student-athlete's grades were in question and further suggests the student repeated the classes involved in the alleged fraud. There's no word if this student will be eligible to football this fall.
In the letter, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savaraese commended those involved for self-reporting and allowing the student to retake the classes. Despite the prompt response described in the letter, Stanhope Elmore was penalized $300 and placed on probation, which is a year-long warning period.
The probationary period will not impact other AHSAA member schools or post-season play.
Foshee maintains his innocence. When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Foshee said "there's nothing to it. No comment" and hung up the phone.
Harrison could not comment due to it being a personnel issue.
The board of education unanimously voted to hire Foshee's replacement at an emergency meeting on Thursday. Mike Dean held his first team meeting on Friday.