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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  • by N'yesha Location: wakulla county on Aug 20, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    Everyone Makes Mistakes. He made one but he did a lot for me and my teamates. Yall don't know him and don't know what kinda man he is he was like a second father to us. Only GOD Can judge him. I'm going to pray for everyone that critize him. I still love you Coach Casey Your in my prayers
  • by AmericanIdiot on Aug 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    All of you just SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by if Location: nf on Aug 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    come on wakulla county not again, send some of your crooks to tallahassee or keep them their ??
  • by Spelling Location: Tallahassee on Aug 18, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    People please take some grammar courses!
  • by Irish rose Location: Wakulla on Aug 18, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Well,Well,now they should be checking on some of the others from the High school(ie one ESE teacher)
  • by Real bro on Aug 18, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    At least he didnt smoke pot.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    Are you perfect? I suppose you have never made a mistake or bad decision in your perfect little world. What Casey did was horrible and he is sufferring the consequences of his 'bad decision' or whatever label you wish to put on it! But what aggravates me is people like you who come on here acting "holier than thou" remember no one is perfect...NOT even YOU!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    This is nothing new at WHS & other high schools. These people view "title" & "authority" as entitlement. It happens everywhere, not just in Wakulla County. A few years ago there was a WHS Band Booster in charge of the Concession Stand that took money from the proceeds......
  • by shadow on Aug 18, 2011 at 03:42 AM
    You mean someone in a position of authority in Wakulla County committed fraud? No!
  • by Ancient Location: Tallahassee on Aug 18, 2011 at 02:57 AM
    I constantly read the "In the heat of the night" episodes from down in the county. and yes I'm referring to Wakulla, not Wilkilya. Now as I can agree with alot of the comments about our so-called sheriff as well as the rest of the hillbillies that run/ruin the county. I'm constantly reminded of how little intelligence these commenters have. So with that said, I'll close with this; those that don't live there, own property there, go to school, work or just visit there.please keep your comments where you are, out of our business. We've survived the idiots/imports and hillbillies this long,so we sure don't need your help now. stay out of our business, mind your own.
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