SACRAMENTO -- A volunteer assistant coach with a Richmond high school girls basketball team was barred from the squad after he was linked to an online ad seeking sex partners while he traveled with the team in Sacramento.
Salesian High School Athletic Director Chad Nightingale said Saturday that the coach admitted Friday afternoon that he had made the posting, apologized and agreed to cease all involvement with the school and all contact with students. Nightingale would not identify the coach, but Sacramento television station KTXL named him as Toussaint Taylor, whose Facebook page says he has worked at Salesian.
Taylor posted nude photos of himself with the ad, which said he would be free "to play" Friday night after the students had gone to sleep, according to the TV station. The ad, said to be posted on Craigslist, has been deleted.
Nightingale said he had not seen the ad or the photos, but he was told that it was "an invitation to go out on a date, not a solicitation" and that the ad sought an adult partner, not a minor. He added that the school had contacted police in Richmond and Sacramento, as well as Child Protective Services, and had been told by all three departments that "there is no crime."
The posting "did not involve any of our faculty, any of our kids, any of our staff," Nightingale said. "I was able to make contact with the coach (on Friday afternoon).
"He apologized for (posting the ad) and apologized if it made any problems for Salesian High because it was entirely of a personal nature."
The team was in Sacramento on Friday for a CIF Division IV championship game against Serra High School of Gardena. According to KTXL, the ad said that Taylor would be available for an encounter after "lights out" for the team at the hotel where they were staying.
Taylor's name was removed from a list of coaches on the school's Web page for the girls basketball team Saturday morning.
Nightingale said even though the posting did not involve students or other staff, the school was taking it very seriously.
"This is an issue for us," he said. "We need to err on the side of safety for our students."