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Manatee High's baseball coach resigns amid investigation

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee High School's athletic program is back in the spotlight.

First, they dealt with the Rod Frazier scandal which resulted in the resignation of several administrators and suspension of three others.

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Now, the school's baseball program is taking a hit.

Manatee High School announced its head baseball coach 46-year-old Dwayne Strong resigned Friday as he was being investigated by the school district and the Bradenton Police Department.

Strong has been Manatee High's head baseball coach since 2007 and worked as an administrative parent liaison.

School officials say Strong is being investigated for allegedly misusing school funds and violating school district policies and procedures.

"I feel disappointed. We won a championship two years ago. Feels getting worse and worse every year," said 11th grader Tyler Renfore who knows Strong. "I thought he was a nice guy. I had his class once and he seemed nice."

The Manatee School District suspended Strong from his coaching duties earlier this month, froze the baseball programs funds and accounts, notified the Florida High School Athletic Association and asked the Bradenton Police Department to investigate.

"We don't have a lot of information to give out other than they were concerned with some of the activity of Coach Strong and that's what we looked into," said Captain William Fowler with the Bradenton Police Department.

Renfore said the adults who are getting in trouble with the law at his school are hurting students.

"They're not focusing on the kids as much as they should be. Kids are the number one priority."

Since this is an open investigation the Manatee School District would not comment and our calls to Strong have not been returned.


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