Former Midland Valley coach arrested

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 4:00 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 7:49 PM
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Former Midland Valley High School baseball coach Bruce Zuehlke has been arrested for using solicited funds intended for advertisements at the high school baseball field to cover personal debts totaling more than $12,000, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Zuehlke, 44, of the 100 block of Windy Mill Drive in North Augusta, is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses – more than $5000.

During an internal audit by the school board it was found that from September 2006 until September 2008, Zuehlke converted funds for Midland Valley High into his personal accounts, the sheriff's office said in its release. These accounts were used to cover his personal debts.

Zuehlke has been released on a $10,000 bond from the Aiken County Detention Center.

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voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 12/17/08 - 05:30 pm
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Testimony that teachers

Testimony that teachers aren't paid enough - what an embaressment to him, but moreso to the school board. : (

iletuknow
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iletuknow 12/17/08 - 05:57 pm
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More depressing news about

More depressing news about "worthless coach positions" at schools. Will they ever learn that ball & whistle people are not educators?

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 12/17/08 - 06:16 pm
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AS to the first post that

AS to the first post that teachers aren't paid enough - might be true but a teacher knows what his/her pay will be before accepting a job. Many who are truly dedicated to the profession and aren't able to make ends meet take a second job; stealing from the very hand that was feeding you is very costly as this coach will soon learn if he's found to be guilty. As to "worthless coach positions" - who told you THAT? First of all, MOST if not all coaches in public schools must also be teachers FIRST, then obtain a coaching position if they can. A good coach can influence a young life far beyond what the peers of that athlete and often the family can influence, in a good positive direction IF that coach is so motivated himself/herself. Athletics is about more than just playing and winning games, it's a life lesson if properly taught. Last year everyone was speaking out on a Greenbriar coach who had caused his football team to cheat in a game - yet as I understand it he's still in his position. Coaches are humans, they make mistakes, they do good things just as most of us do. This coach made a grave error in his life IF he is guilty. "Ball & whistle people" ARE educators FIRST.

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SeniorMom 12/17/08 - 06:33 pm
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This isn't to condemn the

This isn't to condemn the whole profession at all, rather the actions of a single person stealing for one reason or another. I blame the AD along with the parents for being stupid and turning a blind eye to the obvious.

The AD needs to be fired and clean the whole staff out.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/17/08 - 06:37 pm
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Civic leaders who violate the

Civic leaders who violate the public trust deserve to be remanded to the penitentiary.

Jillian
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Jillian 12/17/08 - 07:15 pm
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If there was no built in

If there was no built in accountability this coach is not the only one guilty of a crime.

debby
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debby 12/17/08 - 08:06 pm
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CoastalDawg, the CHEATING

CoastalDawg, the CHEATING coach is at Lakeside. Yes, he's still there. The coach that played ineligible players, bad, but not on the same level as fullblown cheating, was from Greenbrier.

disssman
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disssman 12/17/08 - 08:35 pm
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Given the high esteem that

Given the high esteem that most southerners pay to these positions (almost god like), I would venture to bet he's the highest paid teacher in the school. Anybody want to bet?

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Dan White 12/17/08 - 08:56 pm
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The coach thought the money

The coach thought the money was a bail out from the government! Boy did he get fooled.

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Dan White 12/17/08 - 09:05 pm
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Coaches get nice supplements

Coaches get nice supplements - that is their second job. I guess he could have taken on a third job or cut expenses.

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corgimom 12/17/08 - 10:18 pm
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He's a thief, plain and

He's a thief, plain and simple. His profession doesn't matter. And there are thieves in every profession.

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augusta49 12/18/08 - 01:00 am
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again, here is yet another

again, here is yet another story of crime and no picture of the person plastered in the paper??????

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tryingtogetoutofevans 12/18/08 - 10:15 am
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Augusta49 The evans chronicle

Augusta49 The evans chronicle is apart of the good ole boy in Augusta. They only show the picture of the perp when its a black person. Bruce Zuehlke is white.

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tryingtogetoutofevans 12/18/08 - 10:16 am
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Augusta49 The evans chronicle

Augusta49 The evans chronicle is apart of the good ole boy in Augusta. They only show the picture of the perp when its a black person. Bruce Zuehlke is white.

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