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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2010

CBKB: East Texas coach arrested after end-of-game tirade

Associated Press

BRENHAM, Texas The women's basketball coach at an East Texas junior college and one of his players was released on bond Thursday after their arrests after a game.

Trinity Valley Community College coach Bill Damuth was freed from Washington County Jail on $1,500 bond Thursday, a day after Blinn College police arrested him on a charge of resisting arrest. Freed on $2,500 bond was Lesha Dunn, Trinity Valley's 6-foot-4 freshman post player from Canada, who was charged with assault on a police officer.

According to Blinn spokeswoman Cathy Boeker, Damuth angrily charged game officials at the final buzzer of No. 4-ranked Trinity Valley's 61-55 loss Wednesday night at Blinn, then struggled with a campus police officer who was trying to restrain him.

Boeker says Dunn came to her coach's aid, grabbed the arm of the officer trying to restrain Damuth, then struggled from behind with a second officer who was trying to place Damuth in handcuffs.

Both spent the night in the Washington County Jail in Brenham before their arraignments Thursday morning.

Damuth didn't return a message left Thursday by The Associated Press. In a statement issued Thursday, Trinity Valley President Glendon Forgey said officials of the Athens school "will take any appropriate disciplinary action necessary" after they finish their investigation of the altercation.