A&M sailing coach fired

July 21, 2008 3:32:32 PM PDT
The marine terminal manager at Texas A&M University-Galveston, who also coached the school's offshore sailing team that lost a boat during a fatal racing accident last month, has been fired. The Texas A&M System fired James Atchley for failing to reveal his criminal history on his job application in 1997. Jay Kimbrough, A&M's general counsel and deputy chancellor, says he was notified Friday.

Atchley didn't disclose he had a federal conviction in 1990 related to the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s.

Atchley was responsible for overseeing repair work and maintenance of the Galveston school's fleet.

The sailboat Cynthia Woods capsized June 6 after its keel broke off, killing one crew member and stranding five others for 26 hours in the Gulf of Mexico.

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