District to Assist Investigation of Point Loma's Trepanier

An official from the San Diego Unified School District has been appointed to help investigate the charges that Lee Trepanier, Point Loma girls' basketball coach, violated San Diego Section rules by visiting star player Terri Mann before to her enrollment at the school and purchasing championship rings for his players last season.

Barbara Brooks, Point Loma High School principal, was asked by Section Commissioner Kendall Webb to investigate the possible violations after a story in The Times Friday said that Trepanier may have used "undue influence" in helping Mann enroll at the school.

Webb also requested that Brooks verify the amount of money Trepanier spent on championship rings he purchased for team members after Point Loma won its third straight state title last season. According to Section rules, a coach cannot spend more that $100 for an award to a member of a Section championship team.

Trepanier told The Times Sunday that he spent $97 each for the silver rings.

Brooks said she will work with an official from the school district and take action based on their investigation. Brooks declined to identify the district official.

"We will be doing the best we can in terms of getting the facts," Brooks said.

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