Allegations of financial misconduct, verbal abuse led to Bingham coach resignation

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 9:15 p.m. MDT

“I had parents looking at me as if I took money because I didn’t really rent the gym,” Morley said. “So I was caught between a rock and a hard place. … I would never have questioned it if we’d been on the schedule.”

Morley explained the situation to the principal and provided a copy of the check to Hicks.

“I said ‘I have this check I used for gym rental and it appears it was cashed in a non-Bingham account,’” Morley said. “(Hicks) said, ‘You may not want to go any further with this.’ I didn’t know where he was coming from so I said, ‘No, we do want to go further. This man should not be coaching, and I want an accounting.'"

Hicks warned them the check could affect Dubach’s teaching position at the school.

“We were upset,” Morley said. Annette Morley added: “We don’t want to destroy anybody’s livelihood or destroy anybody’s family. But in the same sense, we’re not responsible for his actions. His actions caused this. He cashed the check. We thought it was going into a Bingham account, but it didn’t go into a Bingham account. He did all of that, not us.”

Dubach acknowledged cashing the check in what he referred to as a “personal business account” and a “club account.” But he said the check was a misunderstanding.

“I took a check that I believed was a donation into my club account and used it to buy food for the kids (on a Bingham basketball team trip to California in December),” Dubach said. “And I have all of those receipts. The question is that the Morleys believed it was for gym rental. There was a miscommunication between myself and the Morleys, and I feel horrible for it. I thought it was a donation. He was always welcome to use the gym free.”

Hicks said only the school district can authorize use of the school’s gyms. The principal said he immediately turned the Morleys’ check over to district officials.

“Anything that is reported to me that I think is inappropriate, I act on,” he said. “I’m not an administrator that sweeps things under the rug and doesn’t deal with issues.”

The district then took over the case — for a day.

“We began an investigation when a parental complaint brought this to our attention,” said district spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf. “We immediately contacted the coach himself, (and) we contacted the police because we felt it was a police matter.”

Dubach resigned his teaching position the next day. His resignation ended the district’s probe.

“We have no authority to investigate,” Riesgraf said. “We accepted his resignation and at that point, it’s out of our hands. We’re cooperating with the police as much as we can.”

Utah State Office of Education officials confirmed that they will meet on Friday to decide whether to investigate allegations that could jeopardize Dubach’s teaching license.

Alleged verbal abuse

None of the financial allegations would have surfaced if parents hadn’t been concerned about reports that Dubach was verbally abusing team members.

Eight parents who spoke to the Deseret News — on condition of anonymity because of fears of repercussions for their sons — said Dubach at times belittled and isolated their sons. One mother said he called her son names and told him that other players didn’t like him. She claimed he also told players not to tell their parents what happened at practices and games because it would be “disloyal” to the team.

Another mother said her son was singled out as the reason for losses. “He told (my son) he doesn’t even understand why any of his teammates want to be his friend. ... This guy ripped this team to shreds,” she said.

One mother claimed Dubach, knowing her son had a difficult relationship with his father, told him his poor performance was why his father never watched him play.

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