Chapin football coach resigns

02/28/2009 12:16 AM

02/28/2009 3:06 PM

Chapin High School has lost a second coach to a school district investigation into inappropriate behavior.

Athletics director and head football coach Larry W. Grady resigned Thursday, a week after girls’ junior varsity basketball coach William Charles “Chuck” Rogers stepped down, the district said Friday.

Efforts to reach Grady at his home were unsuccessful.

Lexington-Richland 5 officials will not discuss the nature of the behavior or details of the allegations against either coach, citing privacy laws. But a spokeswoman said last week the conduct involved a student.

Neither coach received a severance package, district spokesman Buddy Price said.

Asked if other employees are under investigation, Price said: “There are still some unresolved issues. We’re trying to address all the concerns that have been raised.” He would not elaborate.

But Price said no other employee is on leave as a result of the probe.

Grady, a Furman University graduate with a teaching certificate in physical education, was hired by Chapin High in 2003 from White Knoll High School.

His salary had been $98,208 and he was placed on paid leave Feb. 16, Price said.

A survey found Grady was South Carolina’s fourth-highest paid coach.

Grady told The State on Feb. 20 he was not on leave. “I’ve been out with a double ear infection,” he said.

He received about $3,700 in gross pay during the nine days he was under investigation, according to a calculation based on what the district said is 240 paid days during the school year.

Rogers, a USC graduate with a teaching certificate in social studies, resigned Feb. 20, Price said.

The coach and social studies teacher had been on leave with pay since Feb. 11, Price said.

Rogers’s salary was between $40,000 and $50,000, the district said. The law does not allow the disclosure of his exact salary because he makes less than $50,000.

Rogers received between $1,800 and $2,250 in gross pay during the nine days he was under scrutiny, according to a calculation based on his pay range.

Efforts to reach him also have been unsuccessful.

There are no plans to notify deputies of the findings, the district said.

An attorney for the district told the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department earlier this week the investigation found no evidence of a crime.

Deputies have received no specifics about the allegations, sheriff’s spokesman, Maj. John Allard, said Friday.

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