Pine Tree ISD accepts resignation of athletic director, head foo - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Pine Tree ISD accepts resignation of athletic director, head football coach Derek Fitzhenry

Derek Fitzhenry Derek Fitzhenry
This tweet came from Fitzhenry's Twitter account on Friday afternoon This tweet came from Fitzhenry's Twitter account on Friday afternoon
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

The Pine Tree Independent School District school board accepted the resignation of athletic director and head football coach Derek Fitzhenry on Friday afternoon during a special meeting called to discuss Fitzhenry's status with the district. Fitzhenry willl receive a separation check for $39,000.

Fitzhenry has been at the center of much conflict at the district in the past few months. He was placed on administrative leave in September after an incident at a Pine Tree football game where Fitzhenry allegedly had a physical altercation with a student.

The athletic director was brought back into the spotlight again in October after the district said he changed the student athletic handbook without their approval. KLTV 7 confirmed it was Fitzhenry who made changes to the Student Athletic Handbook.

However, Fitzhenry says that policy was changed in April 2013, a month before a May incident involving a Pine Tree ISD football player who was charged with the sexual assault of a juvenile female. The changes affect how students charged with felonies are handled by the school.

Fitzhenry says when the athletics policy was changed in April, the online version was not updated. He says this clerical error, in part, can be attributed to him spending the majority of the summer hiring coaches and then spending the beginning of the school year on administrative leave.

On Friday at 2:10 p.m., Fitzhenry tweeted "Good luck to the Pirates. Beat the hell out of Hallsville!!!" from his Twitter account, @PTcoachFitz5.

Fitzhenry left the Class 3A Gidding Buffaloes for Pine Tree in 2011, after 8 seasons and a 73-23 record. He was hired by Pine Tree in March 2011. Coach Derrick Hennick, Pine Tree's offensive coordinator, has been named the interim coach and will coach Friday night's game against Hallsville.

Friday's meeting was called after a five hour meeting on Monday where the board decided to take no action on the athletic director.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:50:48 GMT

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

    More >>

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

    More >>
  • Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Monday, April 23 2018 2:18 PM EDT2018-04-23 18:18:31 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:52 AM EDT2018-04-24 15:52:30 GMT
    The Brownsville Herald reports Gilberto Escamilla told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control. (Source: gaudiikari/Wikicommons)The Brownsville Herald reports Gilberto Escamilla told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control. (Source: gaudiikari/Wikicommons)

    A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

    More >>

    A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

    More >>
  • Toronto driver charged with 10 counts of 1st degree murder

    Toronto driver charged with 10 counts of 1st degree murder

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:25:49 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:30 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:30:17 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what...

    More >>

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly