A high school tennis coach whose also owns a series of strip clubs in Colorado has been fired for "furthering prostitution" in southwest Denver.
According to the Denver Post and other sources, strip-club mogul Troy Lowrie was arrested on July 13 in afternoon daylight after approaching an undercover Denver police officer in a prostitution sting. The Post reported that police documents cite Lowrie engaging the officer multiple times.
"He did not agree to a deal, but stated that he had money," the police complaint cited, according to the Post.
While the coach defended his actions as attempts to get the undercover officer (whom he thought was a prostitute) to work at his nearby club, PT's Showclub, but that wasn't enough to save his other job as coach of the Golden (Colo.) High tennis team, which was (somewhat ironically, given Lowrie's profession) named the Demons. After being told of the incident, the Jeffco school district reportedly fired Lowrie and immediately sent out a notice to parents of athletes who had been on the most recent team.
Lowrie, who owns a series of strip clubs around the country, many of them named PT's Showclub or Diamond Cabaret, had coached the program since 2009. Regardless of the outcome of the strip-club owner's impending trial, he will not be eligible to be re-hired by the district because he served as a contract employee, according to school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.
While a strip-club owner soliciting prostitution in broad daylight may not be a shocking development, a strip-club owner serving as a high school coach is pretty shocking in and of itself.
There's nothing technically illegal with having someone who works in the adult industry coaching students, but it doesn't seem very advisable, particularly considering the delicate relationship between coaches and teens; high school coaches are often credited with helping develop the moral fiber of their teenage athletes.
Consider recently retired Houston (Texas) Madison coach Ray Seals, who spent 46 years coaching high schools in embattled urban areas of Houston, helping turn troubled teens into productive members of society. NFL quarterback Vince Young, fullback Moran Norris and numerous other star athletes have credited Seals with helping turn them into the responsible men they are.
That certainly doesn't seem the case for Lowrie, and his most recent legal entanglements make one wonder what the Golden school district saw in him to think that he would ever fit that description.