Kane Harris, head football coach and athletic director at Hamshire-Fannett, resigned on February 8 following a two-week investigation by the Jefferson County sheriff’s office. Parents of freshman and sophomore athletes alleged coaches required their children to perform hundreds of squat jumps for three straight days as punishment for leaving the locker room messy. A county prosecutor stated that no criminal charges would be filed in the case.
“I don’t believe you can say one person was the cause of all this,” Wanda Turmes, whose sophomore son participated in two of the three exercise sessions, told the Beaumont Enterprise. “I believe the district and the community need to look at the athletic department and the district as a whole and reevaluate how we got here.”
According to various parents, area hospitals admitted at least three student-athletes and diagnosed them with a medical condition that arises from overworked muscles. One parent claimed a student suffered acute kidney failure from the workouts.
An investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services remains ongoing. A report will be forwarded to the Texas Education Agency within the next few days according to spokeswoman, Shari Pulliam. Hamshire-Fannett ISD is conducting a separate investigation but declined to comment on its progress or findings.
Harris posted a 17-16 record in his three years at Hamshire-Fannett. In 2015, the Longhorns went 8-4 and reached the area round of the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Prior to accepting the position at the school district located 20 miles west of Port Arthur, Harris served as quarterbacks coach at Midland Lee and offensive coordinator at Huntsville.