Allegations of financial misconduct, verbal abuse led to Bingham coach resignation
One father said he felt Dubach’s methods were negative, but not abusive.
Hicks said he was aware of issues with Dubach’s coaching style but said no one came to him with allegations of verbal abuse until after the parents met with Bingham High athletic director Brad Bevan on Jan. 28.
The parents met with Bevan and Dubach after their sons on the team told them that Dubach had offered to resign following a particularly tough loss. As parents discussed the unusual proposal, they said that’s when they realized the alleged verbal abuse was more widespread.
Dubach adamantly denied any abuse.
“I did not swear,” he said. “Now I’ve slipped before in my life, but I was not aggressive with this group of kids. Society has changed, and I’ve tried to change, too. I was tougher on them. That’s really what it was, not abuse. I feel like I was tough on them to try to get the best out of them. But I always felt like I had their best interest at heart.”
Dubach, who said this is the first time in 22 years he’s faced such allegations, said some of the boys whose parents are alleging verbal abuse still hang out at his house with his son, who was a senior on the team.
“The fact that after I resigned, after I walked away, one of these (boys) is at my house. … shows I’m not the monster they made me out to be. … I really didn’t (verbally abuse any players), and I feel horrible that parents feel like I did.”
In addition to financial and verbal abuse allegations, this case also includes questions about whether a Bingham High teacher lost his football coaching job because of his involvement in the parent meeting when they asked Dubach to resign.
Andy Evans, who teaches math at Bingham, was the sophomore football coach until March 20. Evans, whose son was on the basketball team, said he was told he could no longer coach because he didn’t follow “certain professional courtesies” by “uniting” with parents instead of going to the principal with concerns about Dubach’s coaching methods.
Hicks declined to say why he chose not to renew Evans’ coaching contract but did say Evans “crossed roles” and “created additional problems.”
Other parents said their sons have suffered retribution for the parents’ decision to challenge Dubach. The Morleys said their son, who has never reported verbal abuse to them, has been ostracized. Three of the varsity basketball players’ parents said their sons were not invited to the end-of-the-year team banquet.
Hicks denied that and said everyone was invited. The three players ended up attending the event.
“Any kid that has a concern — or any parent — who needs to approach me with that concern and I will investigate and deal with it appropriately,” the principal said.
When asked why he resigned if he hasn’t been verbally abusive toward players or mismanaged basketball funds, Dubach said he felt both he and the program needed a fresh start.
“With all that’s gone on, I just felt it was best for me to move on in my career,” he said.
“They wanted a new coach. They did everything they could to get one, and I’m happy for the program and the kids. …I made a mistake. I apologize for it, and I just want to move on with my life.”
Hicks declined to specifically discuss why Dubach resigned, calling it a personnel issue. But he did explain why he couldn’t provide the parents an accounting of the money they paid or donated.
“That was funding outside of the Bingham boys basketball account,” Hicks said. “I have no accounting of anything or transactions outside of the school.”
Hicks said no parent should deliver any school-related payment to anyone but a school’s front office.
He characterized coaches handling money as “big mistakes.”