Fired Baylor coach Briles lands Texas HS job

Artwork Briles, the previous Baylor soccer coach who was fired three years in the past amid a sexual assault scandal on the Baptist college, has been employed to guide an East Texas highschool program.

Mount Vernon Impartial Faculty District Superintendent Jason McCullough introduced Friday the board of trustees had authorized a two-year contract with Briles, who was 65-37 in eight seasons with Baylor. Earlier than teaching in faculty, Briles had a profitable 20-year profession as a highschool coach in Texas.

“We consider we’ve got employed an distinctive coach who comes with sturdy references from his earlier employers,” McCullough advised ESPN-Central Texas AM Radio. “He has been forthright and trustworthy with us and we consider that he’ll have the ability to use his life experiences to show our younger individuals find out how to cope with hardships, develop by adversity and develop sturdy character.”

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Briles had not been in a position to land a training job in the USA since being let go by Baylor. Southern Mississippi coach Jay Hopson wished to rent Briles as offensive coordinator in February, however the college’s athletic director quashed the concept. Briles was employed as an assistant by Hamilton within the Canadian Soccer League in 2017, however after public backlash the Tiger-Cats rapidly rescinded the transfer.

Briles was employed in 2018 to educate a workforce in Florence, Italy.

“Highschool soccer is a Texas establishment. As a coach, it is my past love. You will make no larger impression on this world than while you form the lives of younger individuals — one observe, one sport, and one life at a time. I’m excited to be teaching at Mount Vernon this fall,” Briles mentioned in a press release.

Briles received 4 state championships at Stephenville within the 1990s, the final in 1999 earlier than becoming a member of Mike Leach at Texas Tech. Briles was head coach on the College of Houston from 2003 to 2007, going 34-28 earlier than taking up at Baylor.

Mount Vernon Excessive has by no means appeared in a state championship sport, based on Texas Soccer journal.

The 63-year-old Briles, who led the Bears to consecutive Massive 12 titles in 2013 and 2014, was fired after an exterior investigation revealed in Might 2016 that Baylor had for years mishandled quite a few sexual assault allegations by college students, together with some towards soccer gamers.

The Pepper Hamilton agency’s investigation discovered no less than 17 ladies who reported being sexually assaulted by 19 soccer gamers.

Briles has insisted he didn’t cowl up experiences of assaults by gamers. Baylor remains to be ready for the result of an NCAA investigation into the varsity’s conduct.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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