Otago coach resigns, investigation pending

Last updated 05:00 15/03/2014
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EX COACH: Vaughn Johnson has resigned as coach of the Otago Volts.

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Allegations of financial misconduct have been levelled against Otago cricket coach Vaughn Johnson who has suddenly quit the job.

Johnson, 53, resigned yesterday in a shock move after being on stress-related leave in recent weeks.

Johnson's resignation follows an alleged financial misconduct which was raised late last month. 

Otago chief executive Ross Dykes said the nature of the complaint represented a serious breach of trust. 

''The association was made aware of an allegation involving Johnson and raised it with him. It has since accepted his resignation,'' Dykes said.

''This has been a very sad and disappointing episode for all concerned.''

It was understood Johnson had been in Wakari psychiatric hospital in Dunedin since standing down. 

Johnson issued a statement in which he apologised for his conduct.

''I have made some very bad decisions around my personal finances which have compounded to a point where I have let down Otago Cricket and myself,'' he said.

''I sincerely regret my actions and must now concentrate on restoring my health so I can do my best to make amends.''

Johnson last coached Otago against Canterbury in their first round one-day match at Timaru on March 2.

Dunedin-born and raised Johnson was a miserly seam bowler who played 27 first-class matches for the Volts and took 64 wickets in a playing career which stretched from 1984-1991. He was on his second coaching term with Otago after having spent 2000-06 coaching Wellington.

He has also filled coaching roles with New Zealand Cricket.

After the statement's release tonight Otago Cricket did not return calls.

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