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Walnut Hills, football coach part ways amid 'serious violations'

Lainhart (FOX19 NOW file) Lainhart (FOX19 NOW file)

The head varsity football coach of Walnut Hills High School has resigned amid accusations he violated multiple state athletic standards.

Brian Lainhart had been with the team since 2016. 

“These are serious violations and clearly against the rules,” said Joshua Hardin, Cincinnati Public Schools Athletics Manager. “We certainly do not condone this behavior, and it is disappointing that it occurred.”

Ohio High School Athletic Association spokesperson Tim Stride confirmed an ongoing investigation into Lainhart Wednesday. 

A statement from Cincinnati Public School states, "The violations involved Lainhart improperly text-messaging and otherwise improperly contacting students from other high school teams in an apparent effort to recruit them, according to the OHSAA."

CPS also mentioned Lainahrt's coaching permit status.

According to court documents, around July 2013 Lainhart applied for a three-year pupil activity permit from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), but the State Board of Education, "permanently denied the application."

He refiled a request for the permit with the ODE in February 2016. 

The ODE has not yet said if he was permitted. 

Parents and students were notified of the resignation via text message that read, “Coach Lainhart and walnut hills have mutually agreed to parting ways. Mr. Brokamp is meeting with the team today. More information to come.”

The message was sent around 2:30 p.m.

FOX19 NOW has reached out to the school and will update this story as more information is available. 

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