Football coach resigns after theft charge – Cherry Hill Courier Post
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HADDON HEIGHTS – A football coach recently charged with theft will no longer coach the Haddon Heights High School team, the school district revealed Thursday.
Reggie Lawrence, arrested and charged with theft in Burlington County Friday, was hired just last month to coach the Camden County team.
Haddon Heights administration met with Lawrence Thursday morning. He submitted his resignation later that day, according to a statement released by high school athletic director Joe Cramp.
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“Administration feels that accepting Mr. Lawrence’s resignation is in the best interest of the school district, its communities, players and Coach Lawrence,” Cramp said in the statement.
The district is “still determining the direction of the Haddon Heights football program,” he added.
Cramp said Haddon Heights school officials learned Wednesday that Lawrence had been arrested in Willingboro five days earlier.
The 46-year-old Mount Laurel man is charged with theft by deception in Willingboro where he teaches high school history and works as senior class adviser, according to borough police.
School officials had brought a complaint against Lawrence alleging he stole funds while acting as the class adviser. The money was slated to cover student activities costs, police said.
He was initially accused of taking more than $14,500, but he returned some funds, police said. About $2,900 is still missing.
Lawrence earns $90,930 annually at Willingboro High, according to state pension records. The Haddon Heights school board approved his hiring on a voluntary basis for the 2015-16 school year and for $8,200 in the 2016-17 school year.
Lawrence took the Haddon Heights position after spending two years as an assistant coach at Burlington City High School.
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Lawrence previously was head coach at Willingboro High from 2009-13 and directed teams before that at Pennsauken (2003-08), Jackson (2000-02) and Camden High (1996-98).
Lawrence, with a 108-49 career record, has led teams to two South Jersey championships and nine conference titles. He is a member of the South Jersey Football Hall of Fame.
A star athlete at Camden High School, Lawrence was a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993.
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