Disgraced coach banned from teaching in British Columbia

Hugh Williams, a former soccer coach and teacher at Glenlyon Norfolk School, will never teach again in B.C. after a professional misconduct investigation revealed he sent intimate text messages to two female students.

Williams resigned from GNS in April 2015 amid several misconduct investigations. Williams was sent home early from a school soccer tour in 2014 and since then has been barred from having contact with students or from being on the school grounds. At the time, GNS refused to provide details on the nature of the allegations.

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An investigation initiated by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation in October 2014 found that Williams exchanged numerous intimate and personal text messages and emails with a female student over a period of 23 months. Williams also exchanged intimate text messages with another female student over 28 months. The students were not identified to protect their privacy.

According to a consent resolution agreement released by the commissioner, Williams admitted that his behaviour amounted to professional misconduct and he agreed to never apply for a teaching certificate in B.C. Even if Williams did apply, the director of certification would deny him the certificate under the Teachers Act.

Williams, 43, started with the school as a soccer coach for the Gryphons boys’ and girls’ teams and as an English teacher. He then moved to administration as director of soccer in 2002 and in 2012 was promoted to director of marketing and communications.

He worked at the University of Saskatchewan’s Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon from January 2017 to June of this year, serving as a director of donor relations and director of operations, according to his LinkedIn profile. He took a job at the University of Roehampton in London, England, in June.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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