Eric Henderson apologized on Thursday for his "poor choice of words" in a 2006 email which resurfaced this week and plagued him on the heels of his departure from the top coaching spot at West Potomac High School .
In a 2006 correspondence between Henderson and former WPHS Assistant Coach Willie McCallum, Henderson threatened he would "destroy the kid and his chances of getting a scholarship" after the player's father had criticized Henderson's football program.
"I apologized to the parents and the student," Henderson said via the Thursday email, adding that West Potomac was aware of the situation. "[I]t was hypothetical, no evidence any retaliation was ever done on the student."
Addressing the contents of the email, Henderson said: "It was a poor choice of words and not reflective of my 19 years in education."
A source told Patch Tuesday that Fairfax County Public Schools decided not to renew Henderson's contract but in an email to faculty late Wednesday, West Potmac Principal Cliff Hardison said: "FCPS as a system had no role in Eric Henderson’s non-renewal as coach."
The source added that Henderson was forced out of the coaching position as a result of "off-field factors including improper fundraising and player eligibility violations." Hardison didn't address the validity of this point in Wednesday night's email obtained by Patch.
Hardison went on to commend Henderson and said he will remain a teacher in the school's Social Studies department.
"Being a coach is very difficult, no matter what the sport. It demands hours and dedication and passion," Hardison said. "A coach’s personal life loses time. It takes a special individual to coach.
"He and his sons, our students, need support during this difficult time and do not need innuendo and rumors to deal with and I would hope such stops," Hardison concluded in the email.