Doug Galloway didn’t submit permission-slip paperwork to the school board, which meant the three-day camp at Western Washington University in late June was unapproved, said district spokesman Ryan Betz.
Betz also noted that the 32 players and five coaches who attended the team camp on the Bellingham campus June 28-30 did not travel in school district-issued vehicles.
The district announced Wednesday that it would not renew the basketball-coaching contract of Galloway, who had been the Cougars’ varsity head coach since 2001. The district’s investigation led to Galloway not providing “inadequate and sufficient supervision” during an incident June 29 involving what the district called “inappropriate behavior.” A police report was filed with the Western Washington University Police on June 30, citing alleged forced sexual conduct. The district confirmed that report was part of its investigation.
In a letter sent to parents and team members Wednesday, Capital principal Chris Woods wrote that appropriate disciplinary actions have been taken with the students involved, and counseling has been offered to students affected by the incident.
“We will not tolerate any student behavior that creates a culture of acceptance of bullying, harassment or intimidation,” Woods wrote. “We believe student safety comes first and we will have a school environment where all students are respected.”
Galloway will remain at the school as a physical education teacher and head girls golf coach. The 1984 Capital graduate also has coached boys basketball at White River and Kentwood high schools.