Police: No case against Manatee High baseball coach Strong

jlembo@bradenton.comNovember 8, 2013 


GRANT JEFFERIES/gjefferies@bradenton.com Manatee High School head coach Dwayne Strong talks with his team before practice Monday at G.T. Bray Park.

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BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Police Department said its investigation of a former Manatee High baseball coach accused of alleged financial impropriety has revealed no victims and no complaints.

"We don't have a complainant," said Michael Radzilowski, BPD's chief of police. "We got an initial call from the school system and we took a look, but we couldn't come up with anyone who was a complainant or a victim. Without somebody complaining about a crime, there is no case."

Dwayne Strong, who took over Manatee's baseball program in 2007, was at the center of an investigation carried out by the School District of Manatee County over alleged financial improprieties within the Hurricanes' baseball program after a memo was sent to high school principal Don Sauer on Oct. 3 instructing Sauer to freeze the baseball program's funds and accounts.

Strong was prohibited from interacting with boosters or members of Manatee's baseball team, and from representing himself as a coach with the school.

That investigation was then

handed over to the police department last month.

Strong, who was also employed by the high school as a parent liaison, resigned from the school district Oct. 31.

Manatee may hire a new baseball coach toward the end of the next week, said Joe Kinnan, the school's athletic director and head football coach.

"My last understanding from my detectives is we don't have a person who is a complainant, or a victim," Radzilowski said. "Other people might be saying this happened or that happened, but until someone steps forward and says they were a victim, we don't have anything to go on."

Manatee also reported the investigation to the Florida High School Athletic Association, which governs prep sports in the state. That investigation is still ongoing, said Corey Sobers, a spokesman with the FHSAA.

Phone messages left with Strong and superintendent Rick Mills were not returned Friday evening.

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