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HS Football Coach Gets Jail for Stealing Equipment

Andy Berg

A Virginia high school football coach who stole equipment from one school and took it to a new job has been sentenced to jail time.

Dave Bedwell moved from a coaching position at L.C. Bird High School to a new position at Hermitage High School. When he made the transition, he apparently took equipment from L.C. Bird and gave it to Hermitage. He was also accused of having charged Hermitage uniforms to an L.C. Bird account. 

Bedwell pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of entering property with intent to damage. He has been sentenced with 24 months in jail, however 22 months of that sentence have been suspended.

Bedwell won three straight state titles as head coach of the L.C. Bird Skyhawks before becoming the school's athletic director for one year. He was then hired by Hermitage High School as head coach.

During the trial, Bedwell said he intended to return the equipment he took. He has since paid L.C. Bird back for the stolen equipment.

Bedwell never coached in 2019 due to legal issues relating to the case.

"We feel it would be premature to comment except to say whatever occurs would involve a discussion with the employee, evaluation of the facts, and determination of next steps," Henrico Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks wrote in an email to the local CBS affiliate when asked about Bedwell's future at Hermitage.

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