Former North Gwinnett head baseball coach Frank Vashaw
Less than a week after North Gwinnett baseball coach Frank Vashaw tendered his resignation, more is becoming known about the circumstances surrounding his decision to end his eight-year relationship with the Bulldogs' baseball program.
According to a statement from Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana emailed to the Daily Post on Wednesday, Vashaw "resigned on May 24, 2013, citing personal reasons. After his resignation, questions were raised about his role in the inappropriate use of school facilities.
"The district has processes for the use of facilities by outside groups and it was alleged he did not follow that process. As the teacher resigned prior to (a human resources) investigation in to the matter, the school system is forwarding the information to the Professional Standards Commission."
The exact nature of the inappropriate use of facilities in question was not specified; however, Vashaw did address them, as well as their relation to his resignation, in response Wednesday to email requests for comment.
"As an educator and a high school coach for 24 years, my family and I have put great time and energy into the communities where we lived and served," Vashaw said in the statement. "I have also worked on the side to supplement our income, especially in these trying economic times. Both off and on campus, I have done camps, coaching clinics, and private lessons with younger players in this community. And it's been no secret that we have also always allowed local teams and adult leagues to use our facilities for games and practices to help build community support for our program and our kids. There have been times when I could have done a better job in managing the use of our facilities for the many teams that used them year-round.
"I have many skills as a teacher and a coach. That is what I do best.When questions arise about the use of our facilities and I sense that my principal (Ed Shaddix) has lost trust in me, or where such questions could detract from our student-athletes' overall experience here at North Gwinnett, then I feel that it is time to move on."
When reached early Wednesday evening, Shaddix declined comment.
Vashaw's resignation ends a coaching tenure in which he guided the Bulldogs to a 153-91 record, culminating with a 15-13 record this spring that included qualifying for the state playoffs, which North did in all eight of his seasons as head coach.
Included in those postseason berths were appearances in the 2007 Class AAAAA state quarterfinals and the 2010 Class AAAAA state semifinals.
Though not specifying which ones, Vashaw did confirm Wednesday he has inquired about current coaching vacancies at other schools, and also expressed how much he enjoyed coaching at North.
"I love what I do for a living," Vashaw said. "I am passionate about my profession. My experience here at North Gwinnett has been wonderful. I wish only the best for everyone in Bulldog Nation in the future."
-- Staff Writer Frank Reddy contributed to this report.
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