HS Baseball Coach Accused of Unauthorized Fundraiser | Athletic Business

HS Baseball Coach Accused of Unauthorized Fundraiser

A former Tennessee high school baseball coach is being accused by the state’s comptroller of not accounting for at least $1,680 following an unauthorized fundraiser.

The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has accused an unnamed former baseball coach at Volunteer High School in Church Hill of not accounting for the funds after the Hawkins County School District reported concerns about a fundraiser run by the former baseball coach in July 2017.

“The former Volunteer High School head baseball coach did not remit for deposit at least $1,680 of proceeds received from a baseball fundraiser, failed to otherwise account for its use, and failed to pay $880 due to the fundraiser vendor,” stated a release issued by the comptroller’s office, which was reported by local News Channel 11.

The fundraiser in question involved the school’s baseball players selling community discount coupon cards that could be accessed through an app. School officials were reportedly unaware of the fundraiser and only learned about it after they found $420 in checks in the coach’s desk when he left the school system in December 2017.

The comptroller’s release says the coach incurred an $880 debt in the team’s name with a vendor of the unauthorized fundraiser, who was allegedly never paid. The school did not pay the vendor since the fundraiser was unauthorized.

The former coach has denied to investigators any knowledge of the fundraiser and said he never collected any funds.

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