The arrest of Daniel Doyle of West Hartford Friday in Rhode Island on charges of embezzlement, forgery and other crimes left many in the area saddened and scratching their heads. For those who know him, this was hard to imagine.
Mr. Doyle coached basketball at Kingswood Oxford School and Trinity College, served on the West Hartford school board, ran highly successful youth summer camps in town, wrote books and made speeches. He founded the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island in 1986, which brought young athletes and artists from around the world to the U.S. for friendly competition and performance. So popular were his World Scholar Athlete Games that celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Colin Powell and Desmond Tutu came and spoke.
But various fiscal difficulties attracted the attention of authorities, who charged Friday that Mr. Doyle obtained or spent more than $1 million improperly.
Mr. Doyle, 64, has insisted he violated no laws, and blamed the difficulties on poor bookkeeping. While authorities investigated, he produced a novel titled "An African Rebound," about an aging basketball coach. Whether he himself can rebound remains to be seen. Longtime supporter Alan Hassenfeld, former head of Hasbro, Inc., told a Rhode Island TV station:" I think Dan Doyle had a dream, a vision. He executed it. And then something went wrong. I don't know what went wrong."
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