4 More CUSD Coaches Implicated in Kickback Scheme

The Orange County Register learns names through public records request.

The names of four more coaches allegedly involved in a complicated kickback scheme have been released as a result of a public records request by the Orange County Register:

Four high school coaches in the Capistrano Unified School District accused of receiving $15,850 in coaches' apparel via an elaborate kickback scheme involving an athletic supply company were formally disciplined and reinstated last year, according to newly released district documents.

Tesoro High School wrestling and surfing coach Ken Workman and San Clemente High School assistant football coaches Ken Goldstone, Jeff Veeder and Joe Wood attempted to "distort" orders placed with now-defunct Lapes Athletic Team Sales of Laguna Hills and received "unauthorized purchases" from the company, according to written reprimand letters placed in their personnel files...

Read the rest of Scott Martindale's article here. 



Ken Lopez Maddox April 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
"Veeder said he marked up the cost of goods being delivered in the spirit packs by 400 percent, according to the investigator's notes." The spirit packs are purchased by the students. Veeder is still employed by the district. Amazing.
Michael Huntley April 28, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Coach Veeder denies this whole-heartedly and I believe him. I played for him and our spirit packs were reasonably priced and Coach V is one of the most honest men I know.
Kathleen K April 28, 2012 at 07:38 AM
What's amazing is that you, Ken Maddox, Ken Lopez-Maddox, Ken Lopez, have the guts to comment on anything having to do with the school district after you were voted off the CUSD Board for your rude treatment of parents and abhorrent financial decisions that cost the student in our schools hundreds of thousands of dollars from a budget that you helped create. That is amazing!
Ken Lopez Maddox April 28, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Kathleen, My financial decisions saved jobs. I left the district with a balanced budget. It's now $51 million dollars in the red with labor costs running at 92% of the general fund. The pay raises that followed my tenure on the board are going to costs hundreds of employees their jobs. This isn't good for the employees and it isn't good for the students. I feel bad for both of them.
Ken Lopez Maddox April 28, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Michael, My thoughts are based on the findings of the D.A.'s office as reported. On another note, I do believe our coaches are greatly under compensated for the amount of time and effort they put into the programs.
Pam Sunderman April 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
OK let's clear up the record here Mr. Lopez. When you were Mr. Lopez-Maddox the following things occurred: The budget was balanced because it happens every year. It is required by law. There has never been a year when the budget wasn't balanced. The "pay raises" you refer to were signed off by you and included paying the employees for restored furlough days. People tend to get paid when they work. I notice you don't include feeling bad for the parents in your post. This is probably true for any parent who questioned your actions as a board member. That was always fairly obvious in the way you showed disrespect to parents attending board meetings by such behavior as turning off your mike and turning your back to them when they were speaking. You did feel bad for Tony Beall and a few other parents who contributed to your campaign. So bad that you voted to give them over $600,000 in a premature settlement of a lawsuit based on premises later determined unfounded in a court of law. The parents (for whom you didn't and don't feel bad) voted you out of office and really do wish you would stop this silly effort to reinvent yourself.
Ken Lopez Maddox April 28, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Jollygirl, How is that $78,000 a year pension and health coverage working out for you? That's ok. That was the deal. But something has to give. The math isn't that hard. $51 million to cut with 92% of the budget going to salaries and benefits. It's not going to be pretty and there will be no winners.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The topic here is the coaches and Lapes. Stick to the topic, not each other. If I had a dime for every time ... ;-)
Lawrene Bottorf April 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
So sad...compromising character for WHAT???? I was looking at the "summer offerings" of the CUSD high schools...and the offerings are 95% athletic/recreational, ...it is clear where the priorities lie.
Kathleen K April 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Ousted CUSD Board Member, Ken Maddox, after hiding behind numerous name changes, finally admits his role in the Board in his blog column on the Patch. That's a topic.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It's not this topic, however. He's a public figure, and I think this conversation has been taking place on his blog at the AV Patch. That's where it should continue. The comments section is not a blog. It is a comments section. Our job as editors is to focus comments on the article at hand. Carry on all you like on his actual blog (labeled "local voices" at Patch), but here, let's talk about the coaches. Thanks!
Pam Sunderman April 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Wow Ken...I see where you get your reputation. Couldn't resist making this personal could you. Just a reflection on your character. No surprise.
Pam Sunderman April 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Good luck with keeping people on topic Penny. I admire your fortitude. But it is really tough when the actual bloggers (eg. Mr. Lopez) veer off and get personal.
Michael Huntley April 28, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I agree coaches are underpaid because I am one. But because of the ACLU students don't have to pay for sports anymore and our salaries were cut even more last football season.
Michael Huntley April 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Oh and Coach Veeder still teaches at Aliso but is a coach at a different high school not in the district so I guess you got your wish
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Actually JG, Ken was on topic. All you have to do is read above, but just in case that's too much trouble, he wrote: "Veeder said he marked up the cost of goods being delivered in the spirit packs by 400 percent, according to the investigator's notes." The spirit packs are purchased by the students. Veeder is still employed by the district. Amazing. THAT's on topic. Kathleen and YOU went off topic. Please take your comments regarding him to his blog at AV Patch. Thank you.
Lawrene Bottorf April 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Maybe now the athletic departments can get back to being EXTRA Curricular, instead of co-curricular...and in some cases...all that a school is known for. Far too much attention is given to the athletic programs of our local public high schools...
Michael Huntley April 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
This is not true. As Ken mentioned earlier us coaches are VERY underpaid and the district itself really isn't that involved with sports except when things like this happen. So on the contrary mam, some could argue that not enough attention is given to athletics.
Ken Lopez Maddox April 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Michael, I appreciate your loyalty to Veeder. There isn't enough of that these days. Our sports programs need coaches of good character. It's good to know we have coaches like you at Aliso Niguel. I have to imagine the events of late have negatively impacted the football programs at the schools involved. It will be up to all our coaches to maintain the standard that will make us proud. I have every confidence they will.
Pam Sunderman April 29, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I was responding to his claims about his tenure on the board. Mr. Lopez is not immune to correction when he mistakes facts whether it is in his blog or his comment underneath that blog. He gets no free pass.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 29, 2012 at 07:37 PM
No, Kathleen baited him, and he took it, then you pounced. All of you, stop it. This isn't the place to debate a past trustee's tenure on the board.We have provided you such a place. Go there. It's not fair to those who want to focus on the coaches/athletic programs.
Lawrene Bottorf May 01, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Michael...you said the district isn't that involved...yet I'm sure they pay your salary, as they do others in certificated and classified positions. And I'm also sure you did not become a coach/teacher for the money. My comment comes from a perspective that most of our public educated kids are woefully ill prepared for the real world, especially college, or other forms of higher ed (like tech school). All you have to do is look at the offerings of the CUSD for the high school summer programs...they are 95% sports/recreation related. All I am saying is that our society and our public schools put far too much emphasis on sports.
Pam Sunderman May 01, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I will continue to reply when Mr. Maddox attempts to mislead. I see it as a correction or clarification...you may call it anything you like. If he had stayed on topic I would not have commented at all.
Pam Sunderman May 01, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Lawrene, CUSD graduates attend many fine colleges, tech schools, and other training institutions after high school. Sports offers many more life skills than just physical fitness (which is itself a great preparation for life). We need many more extra curricular choices for students but we certainly do not need fewer sports.
Michael Huntley May 01, 2012 at 04:11 AM
They do pay a portion of my salary, which I assure you is much lower than it was last year and two years ago. The reason students are ill prepared for the real world is because high school is a joke. I had friends who barely went to school who graduated. The whole school system in this state is screwed up and many kids who graduate don't deserve to. And without sports the schools lose a lot of money. Profit from football games goes to ASB which spends some of it on sports but a lot of it on other activities for the students as well. I would also argue that sports are a MAJOR factor in school spirit and the high school experience.
Lawrene Bottorf May 01, 2012 at 04:27 AM
CUSD grads COULD do so much more...as MH stated, high school is a joke...the API that most schools brag about (not just CUSD) is far under "proficient" and while many seniors in high school may WANT to go to college, the truth is that most don't graduate from college...this is no slam on the students, or the teachers (or the coaches)...it is just that the priorities are not academics. And it shows. Sports may add to the "experience" but at what cost? Why are schools sacrificing the academics for "experience"? I see MANY parents who spend thousands on "sports programs", yet make excuse after excuse as to why their child cannot perform academically. What happened to the days when kids had to EARN the right to PLAY?
Lawrene Bottorf May 01, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I hear you Michael...many of us are making a LOT less than we did last year or the year before...yet are working harder. Yes, sports are a huge factor in HS spirit and experience...but who is better for it? Sports used to be a fun activity that taught teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline...now the coaches are getting caught doing what no role model should be doing...kids are swearing, bullying, and being disrespectful to...just about everyone... HS should be a training ground for life skills and learning... :).
Michael Huntley May 01, 2012 at 05:52 AM
I like that you brought that up. We used to have a thing when I was in high school called STS. Every Wednesday when I was in high school (2005-2009) we would push our practice back to night time and after school we would go to different classrooms to do our schoolwork and get tutoring if needed. If a player ditched STS they would be suspended for a quarter in the game or other punishments. Unfortunately because of budget programs this great program perished in 2007 and as a result team GPA has gone down. The GPA requirement to be eligible for sports is a 2.0 which most players meet. That being said one can earn a 2.0 GPA by basically just showing up to class


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