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Published February 07, 2014, 09:32 AM

Fired coach stands by his text message; coaches, school officials say new ways of communicating mean new rules

FARGO – Joel Swanson stands by his actions four days after he lost his job as head baseball coach at Shanley High School because of a text message he sent players.

By: om Mix, Chris Murphy and Helmut Schmidt, Forum staff writers, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – Joel Swanson stands by his actions four days after he lost his job as head baseball coach at Shanley High School because of a text message he sent players.

The text – sent to eight starting athletes on the team and assistant coach Luke Rustad – received a complaint from a parent and was deemed “threatening” by school administrators.

His contract wasn’t renewed.

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