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Track coach removed after going to prom with student

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May 21, 2012 -

PENDLETON, Ore. - The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman was dismissed as a volunteer track coach because she escorted a 17-year-old boy to a prom.

Melissa Bowerman, who is 41, said she made an error in judgment, but did not have a romantic relationship with the boy.

She says the teen was upset because he didn't have a date to the Condon High School Prom, so she agreed to go with him if he raised his grade in English.

The School District superintendent Jan Zarate asked Bowerman to "un-volunteer" from being a track coach and a school investigation followed.

The Gilliam County Sheriff's Office says no evidence suggests Bowerman broke a law.

Melissa Bowerman had been helping her 73-year-old husband, Jon Bowerman, coach the team that just won a state title.

 

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