Jan 11, 2012
Minn. Coach Steps Down Amid Finances Probe

Pioneer Press, Christopher Magan & Tim Leighton

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_19713413

A longtime Eagan High School basketball coach on paid leave since November has stepped down as police investigate whether he mishandled the finances of two youth sports camps he oversaw.

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board members approved Kurt Virgin’s retirement at their regular meeting Monday. Virgin had worked for the district since 1980 teaching physical education, health and drivers education, as well as coaching basketball and soccer.

“I retired from teaching and coaching; I didn’t resign, Virgin said Tuesday. It is time to move on to something else.” Virgin said the retirement ended his 31-year relationship with District 196.

He declined to discuss the investigation into the finances of the youth sports camps.

Tony Taschner, district spokesman, said a staff member brought concerns regarding Virgin’s conduct to the attention of district officials, and that led to an investigation. The coach was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 21, the first day of basketball practice.

Virgin’s retirement ended the district’s probe. “We no longer have an employee to investigate, Taschner said.

However, Eagan police confirmed Tuesday they were investigating whether Virgin broke any laws when he administered youth soccer and basketball camps. Danielle Anselment, Eagan police spokeswoman, said the investigation was financial” in nature.

Virgin’s oversight of summer sports camps that he hosted included his involvement in registration and his own compensation for the events, police said in a statement.

“The Eagan Police Department will be reviewing the circumstances surrounding this incident and gather facts that will help determine whether a crime has been committed, the statement said. The case then will be submitted to the prosecutor for review.

Mike Sullivan was named interim head basketball coach to replace Virgin on the boys’ basketball sideline.

Virgin leaves Eagan with a varsity basketball record of 485-316.

Jessica Fleming contributed to this report.

, Coach Steps Down Amid Probe Of Camp Finances

Pioneer Press, Christopher Magan & Tim Leighton

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_19713413

A longtime Eagan High School basketball coach on paid leave since November has stepped down as police investigate whether he mishandled the finances of two youth sports camps he oversaw.

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board members approved Kurt Virgin’s retirement at their regular meeting Monday. Virgin had worked for the district since 1980 teaching physical education, health and drivers education, as well as coaching basketball and soccer.

I retired from teaching and coaching; I didn’t resign, Virgin said Tuesday. It is time to move on to something else.” Virgin said the retirement ended his 31-year relationship with District 196.

He declined to discuss the investigation into the finances of the youth sports camps.

Tony Taschner, district spokesman, said a staff member brought concerns regarding Virgin’s conduct to the attention of district officials, and that led to an investigation. The coach was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 21, the first day of basketball practice.

Virgin’s retirement ended the district’s probe. “We no longer have an employee to investigate, Taschner said.

However, Eagan police confirmed Tuesday they were investigating whether Virgin broke any laws when he administered youth soccer and basketball camps. Danielle Anselment, Eagan police spokeswoman, said the investigation was financial” in nature.

Virgin’s oversight of summer sports camps that he hosted included his involvement in registration and his own compensation for the events, police said in a statement.

“The Eagan Police Department will be reviewing the circumstances surrounding this incident and gather facts that will help determine whether a crime has been committed, ” the statement said. The case then will be submitted to the prosecutor for review.

Mike Sullivan was named interim head basketball coach to replace Virgin on the boys’ basketball sideline.

Virgin leaves Eagan with a varsity basketball record of 485-316.

Jessica Fleming contributed to this report.






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