Medina Valley athletic director quits, tells staff it’s time to ‘move on’


CASTROVILLE, TX – Medina Valley Independent School District athletic director and head coach Lee Crisp resigned on Friday, ending a tenure marred by allegations of erratic behavior and favoritism, the KSAT 12 Defenders have confirmed.

A district spokeswoman confirmed Medina Valley officials received a resignation letter from Crisp on Friday, but said she could not provide further details about his departure as it was a matter of personal.

Crisp’s resignation comes shortly after the district reopened an investigation into his behavior at work and turned the investigation over to an outside investigator, multiple sources familiar with the matter told KSAT.

A Defenders investigation in February found that Crisp was promoted to the top positions of athletic director and head football coach in 2019 despite failing a state drug test.

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The incident was among a list of complaints filed against Crisp by members of the community weeks earlier.

A follow-up investigation by Defenders in March found the decision to retain Crisp was inconsistent with how the district handled an earlier incident involving a staff member who failed a drug test.

A letter submitted to district officials in early January and signed by several community members claimed that Crisp appeared to be intoxicated at several school events.

These events include a baseball tournament hosted by Medina Valley last year in which Crisp was accused of saying a woman on a visiting team looked like “a fuc—- who–“, says the letter.

In October, Crisp was charged with refusing to let a college football player go home with the team after a game at Lockhart. The student-athlete was forced to be driven by the parents of another athlete, the letter states.

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Last fall, Crisp was also accused of mocking the starting quarterback’s lisp on back-to-back practices, in front of other coaches and the teenager’s teammates.

Crisp, who was briefly furloughed this winter while the district investigated and then returned to work, later accused several members of the community of defamation.

Crisp did not respond to an email seeking comment on this story.

In an email sent to district coaches obtained by the defenders, Crisp informed staff members that he had tendered his resignation.

“I do not make this decision lightly, but I believe it is in the best interests of my family, my health, and the Medina Valley School District that I move on,” Crisp wrote.

Records obtained by Defenders show that district officials were made aware of the Crisp concerns as early as August.

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A letter signed by dozens of parents and delivered to a school board member that month alleged that the athletic director drank during school hours and endangered student safety. A source, however, said no action had been taken.

Multiple sources said last fall several Athletic Department staff also detailed concerns about Crisp to then-Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Rohrbach, who declined to take action at the time.

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