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Allegations against Baylor coach shock former students and athletes

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Another scandal involving a local coach has left the community shaken.
Police say Jimmy Weekley, Baylor's girls varsity soccer coach, was issued a citation last week for solicitation of sex, with a woman he'd found online.

13 others were cited, some put behind bars. It's all part of a two week, multi-agency investigation, targeting prostitution and human trafficking in our city.  

Mary Adams Bode tells me she played on Weekley's select team, when she was in middle school, then went on to play for him at Baylor all four years of high school.

She says she respects Weekley as a coach, and was shocked by the news.

"Baylor's soccer program was one of the best in the nation and I think Jimmy had a lot to do with it," said Bode.

Jimmy Weekley was well known in the soccer community, as one of the winningest coaches in the state.

While at Baylor he took his team to victory in 7 state championships and amassed more than 250 wins in his 15 seasons as head coach.

"Whenever I knew him, he was always a respectable, outstanding coach and that's how I always viewed him," said Bode.

Bode says that's why she was caught off guard, when hearing about his recent resignation and the reasoning behind it.

"I was surprised, it was nothing that had ever crossed my mind as a possibility with jimmy," said Bode.
"There were no signs as far as I could tell; this was coming in the future."

Weekley was one of 14 who were cited and several were arrested in last week's prostitution sting.

He released a statement to the Times Free Press saying.

"In a weak moment, I made a poor decision. I have hurt my wife and my family, and disgraced my employer and team by my actions. I accept full responsibility. Toward that end, I have entered family counseling and have tendered my resignation to Baylor School. I apologize and deeply regret my actions and those I have hurt and whose trust I have broken."

Bode says regardless of the allegations, one fact remains, he was still a great coach.

"I wouldn't say the news tainted my overall experience or remembrance of the soccer program. I still look on it as some of the hardest and most rewarding times of my life," said Bode.  

Weekley resigned from Baylor School and CFC Youth Soccer Academy. Neither wanted to comment on why he resigned other than it was for personal reasons and they accepted.

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