Clark County

Clark athletics director resigns, faces theft charge

Clark County softball coach Jackie McCloud. Undated file photo.
Clark County softball coach Jackie McCloud. Undated file photo.

A former softball coach and athletics director at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester is accused of taking nearly $39,000 from the softball boosters club.

Jackie McCloud was charged Thursday with one count of theft by diverting charitable gaming funds over $500, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Heidi Engel. The charge is a class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

McCloud is accused of taking $38,800 from the Lady Cardinals boosters club between March 2007 and May 2009, Engel said. He was charged following an investigation by the state Department of Charitable Gaming.

McCloud was charged through an information — a written accusation of a crime signed only by the prosecutor — rather than an indictment by a grand jury. Engel said it is used in cases in which the accused waives the right to a grand jury.

The Winchester Sun reported that McCloud resigned from his positions with the Clark County Public Schools on Wednesday after informing Superintendent Elaine Farris about the charge.

This past season, McCloud led the Lady Cardinals to the 10th Region Championship with a victory over Harrison County. In their ninth trip to the state tournament, the Lady Cards beat Ashland but lost to Mercy and then to the North Laurel Jaguars. McCloud's granddaughter, Morgan Woosley, was a senior on the team.

McCloud was only the fourth coach to reach 400 victories in fast-pitch softball since the Kentucky High School Athletics Association started sanctioning the sport in 1995.

In an interview in 2009, McCloud said he hoped to keep coaching and get the program to 500 victories.

"I'm proud to be a part of what we've done here," he said, "and I'd like to keep at it."

An arraignment date had not been scheduled for McCloud as of Friday afternoon, according to the Clark circuit court clerk's office.