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Nature Coast football coach Jamie Joyner suspended

Coach Jamie Joyner has been suspended with pay pending an investigation of his relationship with a student.

LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN | Times (2007)

Coach Jamie Joyner has been suspended with pay pending an investigation of his relationship with a student.

BROOKSVILLE — Jamie Joyner, the head football coach at Nature Coast Technical High School, has been suspended with pay after allegations that he met off campus last week with an 18-year-old female student.

School district officials suspended Joyner with pay on Monday pending an investigation, superintendent Wayne Alexander said. As of Friday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office had not filed charges against the coach.

This is the second time the district has suspended Joyner, 34, in the past six months. He faced a similar situation in November after accusations that he threw punches during a players' brawl in a game against Groveland-South Lake.

Authorities never filed charges in that case, and the Hernando County School Board determined there was not enough evidence to support the allegations and warrant disciplinary action against Joyner.

More recently, Joyner was suspended after the district learned of an alleged meeting the married coach had March 27 with the Nature Coast senior.

According to a report from the Sheriff's Office, a deputy found Joyner and the student each sitting in their own parked vehicles at about 9 p.m. at the end of Radial Road in the Airport Industrial Park.

Joyner and the student gave conflicting accounts of why they were meeting, according to the report.

Joyner said he owed the student money for babysitting, while the student said her parents owed Joyner money for "coaching her and her sister in soccer," according to the report.

The student then changed her story, saying that she was meeting with Joyner to talk about "personal issues."

Further conversation with Joyner revealed that he didn't have the amount of money that the student said she gave him, the deputy said. And "when asked how (Joyner) intended to pay for the babysitting service, he stated he did not know," according to the report.

The Sheriff's Office later contacted Nature Coast principal Margaret "Tizzy" Schoelles because a teacher was involved.

Joyner said he had no comment when reached on his cell phone Thursday.

Times staff writers Tom Marshall and Izzy Gould contributed to this report. Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Nature Coast football coach Jamie Joyner suspended 04/03/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 3, 2009 8:14pm]
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