DALLAS -- A 52-year-old state champion football coach who's
retiring under a cloud resigned today as president of the Texas
High School Coaches Association.
Mesquite High School coach Steve Halpin is retiring, effective
tomorrow, after allegedly pawning school laptops, cameras and other
campus property before buying them back.
Halpin has had among the highest salaries of the state's high
school coaches at almost $93,000 a year.
The Dallas Morning News reports Halpin hasn't been criminally
charged. The newspaper reports Mesquite police found that Halpin
pawned 270 items dating to last year. They began investigating
after more than $2,000 worth of cameras and a projector vanished
from school in May.
A Mesquite police spokesman says school administrators asked
police not to pursue the matter. The newspaper reports Mesquite
school district officials didn't report the problem promptly to
state education officials as required. The Texas Education Agency
said it plans to investigate. District Superintendent Linda Henrie
said the district acted appropriately with its investigation.
Halpin led Mesquite to the Class 5A title in 2001.