San Diego Unified School District officials have taken over an investigation of Lee Trepanier, the Point Loma High School girls' basketball coach, a member of the district's investigative team said Wednesday.
Al Cook, SDUSD assistant superintendent, said he and Cathy Hooper, also an assistant superintendent, will look into the allegations that Trepanier visited All-American Terri Mann at her home, which was located outside the Point Loma attendance area, before her enrollment in the school 3 1/2 years ago. They also are investigating the cost of state championship rings that Trepanier purchased for his players last season.
The officials said they will report their findings to Kendall Webb, San Diego Section commissioner, early next week. Webb originally appointed Point Loma Principal Barbara Brooks to conduct the investigation.
"Cathy and I do not think Barbara should get involved with a case that involves one of her coaches and one of her students," Cook said. "Terri Mann is quite a sports figure and so is Lee Trepanier. We didn't want to put (Brooks) in a position to be interviewing people involved in the case."
The section's board of managers will determine what course of action to take against Point Loma if rules were violated, Webb said.
According to Section rules, it is illegal to buy players awards of more than $100 each for winning state championships. Trepanier has told The Times that he purchased the rings for $97 each.