Lake Washington softball coach Troy Hennum, who was placed on leave in April, won’t face disciplinary action, Lake Washington School District communications director Kathryn Reith confirmed Tuesday.
Hennum violated a school district policy when he sent a text message to a Lake Washington softball player during a trip to a March softball tournament in Wenatchee.
In the investigation report, Hennum said “I regret it,” adding that he was attempting help the student through a tough time.
When school officials asked why he didn’t talk to the student’s parents, Hennum said, “I didn’t want to break a trust with (the student). She hadn’t opened up to (the) team, and was leaning on me. I decided it was a team issue and not an adult issue, so I handed it
off to the captains.”
After the investigation into the issue, the district decided that no evidence was found that would require disciplinary action. Since contracts in the district are renewed on a yearly basis, Hennum will be allowed to reapply for his job.
The Lake Washington School District also placed Juanita baseball coach Sherman Leach on leave in April. That investigation remains ongoing.