By Erik Harris
TRUSSVILLE – According to multiple sources, Trussville City Schools’ athletics director Karen Johns is expected to step away from her duties with the program. According to those sources, Johns sent her resignation letter via email.
Johns, who has directed athletics in Trussville since July 2011, is expected to end her run with Trussville City Schools by Oct. 15. Along with her duties as athletics director, Johns also served as Hewitt-Trussville’s head softball coach last season, leading the Huskies to an overall record of 35-11.
Efforts to contact Johns regarding the state of her position moving forward have been unsuccessful. Also, Superintendent Pattie Neill is currently out of town and unavailable for comment.
According to a report released by the Alabama High School Athletics Association and reported on al.com on Tuesday, Hewitt-Trussville has been charged $300 for an unspecified rules violation.
Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley and many other programs from across the state have also been charged for mishaps, but specific sports were tied to the Cougars’ and Indians’ fines. The same can’t be said for the Huskies’ $300 punishment.
Under the sport tab, the AHSAA simply lists “other” when explaining Hewitt-Trussville’s rules violation from the 2014-15 academic year. For Clay-Chalkville, the AHSAA clearly lists basketball and soccer for the sports responsible for the program’s $100 fines. The same can be said for Pinson Valley’s football and soccer programs.
According to the AHSAA, the Huskies’ fine did not effect championship play, which is why the word “other” was used in place of a specific sport. Whether or not the program’s rules violation and the possible resignation of Johns are connected is not known at this time.
Publisher’s note: The story was edited to clarify that the report by the Alabama High School Athletics Association was published by al.com on Tuesday.
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