MEDINA COUNTY – Medina Valley athletic director and soccer coach Lee Crisp was promoted to these top positions in 2019 despite failing a state drug test, according to records obtained by KSAT 12 Defenders .
Confirmation of failed drug test, which was among complaints against Crisp presented to Medina Valley Independent School District officials in early January, comes weeks after a district spokeswoman called the complaints a “unsubstantiated rumors or allegations”.
Crisp, who sources said returned to work earlier this week after being on furlough, is accused of erratic behavior in multiple incidents, according to records obtained by Defenders.
A letter submitted to district officials in early January was signed by more than 50 community members and claims Crisp appeared to be intoxicated at several school events.
Those events include a baseball tournament hosted by Medina Valley in March in which Crisp was accused of saying a woman on a visiting team looked like “a fuc—- who–,” the letter says. .
In October, Crisp was charged with refusing to let a college football player go home with the team after a game at Lockhart. The student-athlete was forced to be driven by the parents of another athlete, the letter states.
Last fall, Crisp was also accused of mocking the starting quarterback’s lisp on back-to-back practices, in front of other coaches and the teenager’s teammates.
Jeremy and Oh Rash, whose son was the target of the alleged bullying, said Crisp’s behavior destroyed their son’s trust.
“Lee wasn’t there in the morning when we had to take him to speech therapy before school. He wasn’t there after school when you took him to speech therapy,” said Jeremy Rash, who was part of a group of parents who spoke out against Crisp at a school board meeting last month.
“It’s hard to hear that your son or your child, whatever, is basically being bullied at school by someone they look up to,” Oh Rash said.
The January complaint letter also says Crisp insulted players days after the Lockhart incident and forced team members to practice longer than University Interscholastic League rules allowed.
The letter also states that Crisp failed a drug test early in his employment with Medina Valley ISD.
Reached for comment on January 20, Medina Valley ISD spokeswoman Selena Viera told KSAT via email:
“The district has been made aware of allegations against one of its employees. The standard procedure for responding to receipt of these types of allegations is to conduct an investigation to determine whether or not the allegations are supported by persons with direct knowledge or other tangible facts. The District does not comment on rumors or unsubstantiated allegations to avoid damaging the employee’s reputation. Once the investigation is completed, the administration takes the measures justified by the facts found.
Viera did not respond to repeated emails this week for an update on Crisp’s status or to clarify its previous statement on the matter.
A Texas Education Agency spokesperson, who has been made aware of several complaints against Crisp, released the following statement earlier this week:
“There are currently no investigation flags on the educator in question. TEA has received multiple complaints related to Medina Valley ISD. These complaints are currently being reviewed to determine what next steps, if any, are necessary.”
“An obvious nepotism that allows it to continue”
Records obtained by Defenders this week show that district officials were made aware of concerns about Crisp as early as August.
A letter delivered to a school board member that month said the athletic director was drinking during school hours and putting students’ safety at risk. A source, however, said no action had been taken.
Multiple sources said last fall several Athletic Department staff also detailed their concerns about Crisp to Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Rohrbach, who declined to take action.
“If that’s true, you’ve killed this community,” a parent said at the January board meeting.
“Obvious nepotism that allows this to continue,” Jeremy Rash said at the same meeting.
Sources said Crisp was cleared to return to work this week even though Rohrbach failed to interview some people listed as potential witnesses in the January letter.
Crisp, who did not respond to a phone call seeking comment on this story, applied for the positions of sporting director and head football coach in May 2019, according to a copy of his application obtained by the Defenders.
An attorney representing the district attempted to block the release of the documents this week, saying in an objection sent to the Texas attorney general’s office that the records could be confidential or barred from disclosure.
The 11-page application, which indicated he was acting athletic director at the time he submitted it, was provided by a source within the district.
In it, Crisp admitted that he once failed a TxDOT drug screen, after taking non-prescription drugs.
Crisp wrote that he completed a subsequent year of additional screening without incident.
The same request indicates that Crisp had a commercial driver’s license with a school bus endorsement.
However, multiple district sources said Crisp no longer drives athletes to and from events.
The Medina Valley ISD board is due to meet on Monday evening. The agenda for Monday’s meeting had still not been posted online Friday afternoon, meaning it’s unclear whether Crisp’s job will be formally discussed.
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