(Fox News) A successful New Mexico high school soccer coach who claims he was forced to resign after praying for an injured opponent is in the market for a new team, he told FoxNews.com.

Tom Hirschman, a special education teacher at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, said he was told to resign last month for violating district policy twice, most recently during a match in September in which the Albuquerque Public Schools’ 2010 girls coach of the year prayed with an opposing player after she was injured. The nine-year coach also violated district policy last year, he said, for watching two movies — “Soul Surfer” and “Forever Strong” — with female players that featured religious themes.

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