Former Wakulla High Basketball Coach Arrested

By: WCSO Release, Julie Montanaro Email
By: WCSO Release, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 8.17.2011 6:45pm by Julie Montanaro

A former high school basketball coach was not only benched, he was just booked.

Casey Godwin - who coached Wakulla's Lady War Eagles - is accused of using a boosters debit card to finance $500 worth of off the clock fun.

Casey Godwin and his Lady War Eagles made the news repeatedly in 2010. Racking up wins on the basketball court and contending for the district title.

This time, Godwin is making headlines for the wrong reasons.

Deputies say between May and October 2010, he used his boosters debit card to buy things, not for the team, but for himself.

Arrest papers show a long list of stops in Tallahassee: Restaurants like Number One Chinese and I-hop. There's a stay at the Sleep Inn. A visit to Chuck E. Cheese and perhaps most shocking of all ... a tab at the TopFlite Club and a stop at Half Time Liquors.

"I think it's wrong, everybody has got to work for themself. That's taking. That's stealing," Johnny Coggins said.

"I think he should be put in the auditorum and made to give a public apology to everybody at the school, and replace the money obviously," Ronda Lamb said.

Godwin is facing felony grand theft charges for the alleged spending spree, which deputies say totalled $501.90 in Wakulla County alone. Among his stops there: The Huddle House, Lindy's Chicken, Murphy Oil and the Down Under Dive Center.

The Wakulla School Superintendent said Godwin was removed as coach in October and resigned from his job at Wakulla High in February, soon after the sheriff's office started investigating.

The superintendent says the Wakulla High Principal will now be reviewing all booster and club account statements and reserves the right to ultimately fold them into the school's internal account if necessary. That account is audited regularly.

"It's important for all employees who are entrusted to handle funds on behalf of the school district , whether it's for athletics or extra-curricular activities - we are held to a higher standard," Superintendent Miller said.

We did try to reach Godwin for comment, but he has not yet returned our phone call.

Crawfordville, Florida - August 17, 2011 -

The former head coach of the Wakulla High School Lady War Eagle basketball team was arrested and charged with grand theft Aug. 16 after an extensive investigation into a complaint that he used booster club funds for his own personal use, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Casey D. Godwin, 33, of Tallahassee was booked into the Wakulla County Jail late on Aug. 16 and was released Aug. 17 after posting a $25,000 bond.

Wakulla County School District officials requested a criminal investigation in January 2011 after an administrator reviewed a bank statement from the booster club account and observed some suspicious charges.

Godwin was added to the account as the new coach in 2008. When WCSO detectives reviewed the bank statements they discovered $501 worth of charges at restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, merchandise stores, a dive center, grocery stores, a liquor store, night club, hotel, DVD rental location and a children’s pizza and game parlor.

Investigators determined the amounts spent at the locations were enough for one or two people but not enough money to support making purchases for an entire team.

Godwin is no longer employed by the Wakulla County School District.

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