Otago coach resigns, investigation pending
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.