This is getting really interesting. How can a coach claim he takes care of the
finances in a separate account but can't give any specifics as to where the
money was spent? I don't happen to believe coaches are that sloppy with
money over which they have conrotl. i think they know exactly wheere the funds
went and it wasn't to Disneyland or Knott's Verry Farm, even though
that's obstensibly the the reason for which it was paid.And
where is Mr. Hicks oversight in this whole mess? I believe "over-sight"
is the operative word, too.
When you send you kids to school you often worry that they will have to deal
with bullies, liars and thieves. It's very sad when the very adults that we
entrust our kids to as their leaders end up being the bullies, liars and
thieves. This is inexcusable! Shame on this man and also anyone else who
suspected but still ignored parents who came forth with valid concerns. It
really is an ugly thing when a parent cannot have any say in a matter or receive
an explanation without fear of retribution and reprisals against their kids. A
pathetic abuse of power.
"Bingham High Principal Tom Hicks said he has no way of reviewing those
transactions because they occurred in an account over which he has no
jurisdiction."Oh, please, Principal Hicks.
"Jurisdiction" has nothing to do with it. Hicks is not an AUTHORIZED
holder of the bank account, but he does have AUTHORITY over the basketball
program and its coach, a school employee. Hicks need merely ask the coach to
show him the bank statements with all deposits and outgoing checks and
withdrawals pertaining to the basketball program. If the coach refuses to
cooperate, THAT'S the reason Hicks has "no way of reviewing the
transactions." Jurisdiction has nothing to do with it. Courts have
jurisdiction; the applicable court has jurisdiction to subpoena the bank to
produce the records.
This has gone way beyond the coach's assertions that this is s simple
misunderstanding.He is the unluckiest most incompetent sloppy coach
ever or a calculated embezzler. Either way, would you want him to keep
This is sad, but we just can't blame the Coaches, some of the
responsibility is with the parent's. My youngest son played football, from
eight years until college. I didn't realize until he was in college that he
only played because he thought I wanted him to, but he didn't like it. It
came as a shock to me when one of his teammates were injured during a game. After the game, we were at the entrance when they bought the injured
player out. My son said: "I wish it was me."I was stunned,
in utterly disblief at what I was hearing, and when I asked why, he said: "I
didn't want to play football, I am only playing because this is what you
want."And, he was right. When I reflected back on the day I
signed him up for "Little league" ball, I had dreams of an NFL Star. A
Scholarship to college. I never played sports in school, so I guess i was trying
to live my dream through my Son. Parent's, you should evaluate your
motives. There are greater things in life than Scholarships and NFL drafts.
There is a obvious solution to this problem. Rather than having a devasted
coach, according to his attorney, and angry parents and school officials, why
not have the attorney and the coach hold a press conference and show in detail
the usage for all the money. Their must be some credit card receipts for the
hotels, and other travel expenses. If he and his attorney can show the correct
usage, even a close estimate of expenses would probably work, the problem goes
away. Coach would get a clean bill of health and he could move onto to other
To take the other side of the coin and wonder about what the various school
districts central offices responsibilities are (although I think there is
something seriously wrong in the above story), I used to raise funds for a
student group traveling abroad in the our school district. We were the
"sister city" with another city in another country and would send 7th to
9th graders there for three weeks. The monies we earned were deposited into our
travel account at the district. But, when it came time to find out how much we
had deposited (or spent), we would have to wait two to three weeks for a figure.
They had it spread out among 13 accounts! Why? If anyone can tell me why this
happens, I would like to know. So the districts are not totally honest in their
record keeping as well. Why couldn't it have just stayed in one account?
Very, very frustrating and disturbing!
I think the principal should resign.
As a former administrator both in a school and district office, the district
should also be held responsible for this terrible misuse and inappropriate
handling of finances. There should have been safe and responsible policy of
financial protocol. Parents should have a had a policy which would have guided
them in submitting money to any program. Shame of the District!
Is there an AD and a Principal at the school? They should be fired for all this
Shame on the parents for trying to buy playing time! Had any of the parents with
great player had stood up for what was right, there would not be this mess. The
coach's desire to win would overpower any financial stuff. I feel bad
that sports has gotten to this point. Why don't we play for fun anymore? If
you want to see kids playing for fun, go watch 1A basketball. It is not as good
but you see boys playing with passion. You see parents and schools happy with
their boys no matter what. Also, if you really want to see financial
misdeeds, investigate the club sports teams. You would be shocked at the amount
of money soccer parents pay out. You would be shocked at what AAU coaches are
I coach and handle money, not a lot, but in Davis County (at least my school) if
I don't turn in enough money to cover what I spent on the program, I eat
the difference. My school doesn't go in the hole or take from another
account to bail me out. I can tell you and i keep an actuate spreadsheet that I
have donated between $300 and $700 each year the past 5 years on my program. The
money I and the parents (team mothers) raise and collect isn't for uniforms
but for the gear we buy for the players (girls) and they own once the season
ends. We handle somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000 a year for meals, banquets,
hoodies, warmups, awards, out going seniors gifts, and misc. Folks, the coaches
make only a couple of grand a year to coach, do you really thinkthey steal
another $2,000 a year?
This coach could have spent the $9,500 over a 4 year period on petty cash
expenditures, tips, ice cream after games, tape, clip boards, erasable markers.
Teachers spend money out of their pockets and never get it back. Lord, to go
back 4 years and look at that small amount? Let's look at all
administrators and see if they waste any of our tax money on personal or
unauthorized expenditures? To pick out one employee and scrutinize such a little
amount over such a long period of time? Had it been abusive or blatant it would
have come out the first year. None of these portents are claiming their kids
didn't get what they were promised; it's about the accounting system
he used and now can't explain every dime? I don't live in a glass
house and wouldn't want scrutinized to that point over a 4 years period,
I'm afraid of a call from the IRS, for book keeping errors, even if
Seems to me, if you're going to go to jail for something, it should be more
than 9 grand.
Sports are becoming too professional. The pressure to win is tremendous as you
can see from this story. Sad
@ common twitI mentioned the comp team analogy and used the word
(pay to play) teams that are charging monthly fees, plus all experiences, where
their coaches (the club teams) actually make a ton of money, much more than our
high school coaches for a lot less time. I commented on that abuse and the
DeNews denied my comment. This high school coach, I don't think used tax
payers money any more than the club teams, it appears to be outside the UHSAA
season but clearly an accounting must be kept and there lies the issue, not
theft but the way the money was handled, big difference. This coach, now
unemployed, should just start his own basketball club organization and turn it
into a legal money making machine.
DC Fan, the only problem with your logic is that this article is based on 4-5
parents that actually came forward with what they have. So the $9,500 figure
that is based on only the parents that came forward does not reflect the other
bunch that did not. I agree with several posters on here, the AD and
Principal should be fired. The Principal gets a free pass because he is already
retiring, but he knew about this long before now. His career should end on April
29th now that this story has gone public with facts.
There are obviously some improprieties and the principal should be as interested
as anyone else in finding out what happened to the money. It doesn't cost
anything at most credit unions to set up a separate account with more than one
signer so that there is some control.
There was another basketball coach at Bingham High several years ago, who would
demean the players, make crude comments to the boys about the girls at the
school (that would be considered sexual harassment now), he would throw chairs
in anger, give special privileges to players whose parent provided favors, etc.
Parents were hesitant to approach the principal or district with their concerns
(even though they too were aware of the issues) because they were afraid their
sons would not be allowed to play if they did. I think sport coaches in schools
are given too much free rein -- look at how many have been in the news lately
due to improprieties. I agree that principals should be more involved in what
goes on in the gyms of their schools -- they should make unannounced visits,
require accountings, and attend some game practices. After all, principals get
paid a pretty hefty salary!
@ MytymouseI agree, I'm much more offended by the way the kids
are treated, the quality (or lact of) coaches we're hiring than one or two
individuals who mis-appropriate parents funds. This is a touchy subject but the
girls programs are NOT treated equal, they get the Spanish teachers to coach
them, the band teachers who never played the game and are now coaches. Give me
one example of a boys baseball football or basketball coach who never played
the sport, has no assistant coaching expierence and become head coaches,
can't happen! I can give several examples in the girl's programs.The
administrations give lip service to this and the lack of accountability there
is unacceptable along with the handling of the finances. You're right, the
principals and AD's are paid very well and need to do the entire job, not
just rubber stamp these coaches. accountability across the board... Fire some of
them andi it'll wake up the others. Sorry Speak English, I thought the
total was $9,500.
Somehow when public money comes, those entrusted with it, feel they can use it
for a variety of expenses. School administrators spend for attending costly
in-services. Politicians receive expense reimbursements for vacations, parties,
dinners, etc.Before blaming a basketball coach, we need consistent
rules for everyone. Public money needs more efficient management.
@Davis-county-manYou have hit everything spot on. I might not have
made it clear but I don't think this coach or any of the other coaches in
similar situations are making that extra money. (At Lone Peak where the $$$ are
huge, they might be?) But to think these guys should pay even one penny out of
their own pockets to help these athletes is ludicrous. Yet, they all do. I
know most coaches don't get per diem for travel. Yet, bus drivers and
administrators do when they go to the same competitions.
Look, I know many of you are trying to excuse the behavior that we have been
reading about as of late with coaches and handling funds. Coaches are trained,
they know what they are supposed to do with money. They are supposed to run
everything through the school. If you think for one second that this coach did
not know what he was doing, you are nuts! I still recall the bunches
of people that were defending the Timpview football coach. He was guilty and so
is this one. The fact that coaches do not make very much is irrelevant. These
coaches know what they are getting into, and stealing money just because you
don't think you are making enough is wrong any way you cut it. It is that