Ex-Hernando High coach loses teaching certificate over conduct

BROOKSVILLE — Former Hernando High School coach Eric A. Riggins has permanently lost his Florida educator certificate for his behavior toward two female students and for showing up at the school's prom under the influence of alcohol during the 2007-2008 school year.

The state's Education Practices Commission in Tallahassee voted Friday to revoke Riggins' certificate and to bar him from ever reapplying.

The commission agreed with the recommendation of an administrative law judge that Riggins, 33, violated the principles of professional conduct, failed to make an effort to protect students and subjected students to embarrassment, among other charges.

One student testified that Riggins, who was working as an in-school suspension monitor and a track coach, put his hand underneath her skirt on one occasion and touched her crotch through her clothes on another.

Another said Riggins kissed her and sent her sexually explicit text messages. Both students declined to press criminal charges to avoid further embarrassment, records show.

Riggins, who coached football and track, resigned in May 2008 instead of being terminated.

Ex-Hernando High coach loses teaching certificate over conduct 04/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 9:30pm]

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