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Toombs Fires Head Football Coach
Tuesday, 03 December 2013

December 3--  In just over 24 hours, the Toombs County school board fired an Assistant Principal and the head football coach at Toombs County High School.

Following a dismissal hearing Tuesday night, the board voted to fire Coach Steve Versprille for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with Assistant Principal Dr. Jennifer Irvin.

ImageVersprille admitted the affair and had earlier offered his resignation, according to testimony at the hearing.  He told the board, "I made a big mistake and I'm truly sorry."

Irvin denied the allegation but waived her right to a dismissal hearing in a letter of resignation submitted last week.  School Superintendent Dr. Kim Corley refused the resignation and recommended she be fired which the board did at a Monday night meeting.

Dublin attorney Mitch Warnock urged the board to discipline the coach with lesser punishment and said, "Coach 'V' has fallen short.  Nobody's perfect in this world and he's made a grave mistake which has probably cut his life to the core."

The coach's wife, Christy, is a second grade teacher at Lyons Primary School  testified on behalf of her husband.  She appealed to the board for leniency.

Superintendent Corley told the hearing school video surveillance tapes showed that the coach and Irvin met 25 times in her office from October 5 till November 18.  She said the meetings took place early in the mornings before school and on weekends and holidays.

The coach said some kissing, but no sex, occurred in the office.  He admitted to having sex with her in his home three times.


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