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Manhattan, Deer Lodge residents react to coach's new job

Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:33:57 AM MDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2014 11:18:06 PM MDT
DEER LODGE, Mont. -

A former Manhattan high school coach has accepted a basketball coaching position for Powell County High School.

Dale McQueary got caught in a controversy during his time as the Manhattan football coach. An investigation report alleged he failed to deposit more than $8,300 in a school fund raising account in 2011. Then returned all but around $250 of it.

The school board placed McQueary on administrative leave last fall, and in February opened up the high school football coaching job.

Earlier this month, McQueary resigned from his Manhattan Junior High math teaching position.

Corey Vandyke's son played football at Manhattan High School under McQueary.

"He played freshman through junior year," said Vandyke.

She said the embezzlement accusations against McQueary impacted the city, but she's happy to see it settled.

"It really shook up the community," Vandyke said. "But I think this is really a great little town and I think that it'll be okay."

McQueary recently accepted the position as high school basketball coach and math teacher at Powell County High School.

"I'm very excited for him and his family because they're a wonderful family, and I hope that that's a really great move for them," said Vandyke.

We spoke to Powell County High School students and the former football coach. They said from what they've seen, McQueary is great at working with the players and they're excited to see him coach the Wardens basketball team this upcoming season.

"He likes to involve himself with the kids and he's really trying to get to know everyone," said Powell County High senior Blake Erickson.

Erickson plays football at Powell County High and said even though McQueary is the basketball coach, he's been helping out the football team.

"With him trying to apply himself to everyone this early in the season just in any sport he can, it really shows that he cares," said Erickson.

Albert Cutler is Powell County High School's former football coach and he said he got to know McQueary personally before Cutler resigned last year.

"Dale's just a great guy," said Cutler. "You know, he's a high character guy and I know he's got roots here in Deer Lodge and I think the best thing for Dale is that he loves the kids and he does the right things."

Both Erickson and Cutler said they are looking past the embezzlement accusations and looking forward to how McQueary will help the sports department.