There's been a lot of talk recently over a financial scandal with Former Lone Peak High School Championship Football Coach Tony McGeary. But now for first time, he's speaking for himself.
"I've tried to do everything that the administration has asked me to do," said Tony McGeary, Former Lone Peak High School Football Coach.
Friday Reporter Brian Carlson spoke exclusively with McGeary. He said it’s been tough to see what people have been saying.
"You don't like to have these types of things come up and brought to your attention and look at you in a negative light," said McGeary.
He's talking about this 42 page complaint, written by a former player’s parent. It accuses McGeary of overcharging players for a football camp at the College of Eastern Utah, and illegally profiting $5,735 from the team. After the complaint surfaced Lone Peak's Principal Dr. Chip Koop told McGeary he couldn't stay on as coach, and McGeary resigned.
"Did you know what you were doing was illegal?” asked Carlson.
“No," said McGeary.
McGeary said he thought overcharging players to pay for coaches salaries, excess costs was following school and district policy. So when administrators told him he was being let go as coach, he had no idea why.
"He said what did I do? What did I do wrong?" said Lois Johnson, Teacher’s Union Representative for Alpine School District.
Teacher Union Representative Lois Johnson was present at several of those meetings, and she took notes. She said the financial complaint, including the scandal over the CEU camp and potential lawsuit was the district's main motivation for their decision.
"What were they telling him?” Carlson asked.
“This isn't a winnable this case, isn't winnable for you. You'd be better, let's just wind everything down and make it all go away and just move you to another school and everything will be happier and good."
When Carlson talked to the Alpine School District Friday night they wouldn't confirm if the financial complaint or lawsuit was the reason they weren't bringing McGeary back.
"Any time there's action taken, or there's personnel issues we can't talk about the specifics of those issues," said Rhonda Bromley, Alpine School District Spokesperson.
This scandal has been so painful for McGeary he tells me he now just wants to move on.
"I want to wish the program well, I know they'll be in good hands," said McGeary.
McGeary isn’t moving far. ABC 4 is being told McGeary will be accepting a job at another school in the district. He’s hoping it won’t be long before he coaches again.
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