Complaint Establishes Timeline in Andrews Coach’s Removal

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A complaint filed against former Andrews golf coach Mark Burgen sheds light on the timeline of events leading to his removal.

Local 2 obtained the complaint filed against Burgen this week.

According to the documents filed by Daryl Cunningham, who is listed on Andrews ISD’s staff directory, Burgen used “a wireless communication device while operating a school bus with a minor passenger” back on April 8. 

The complaint is dated for May 9, 2017, which was 31 days after the alleged incident.

In those 31 days, the Andrews girls golf team swept the top two spots for the District and Regional Championships.

The complaint is dated just six days before the UIL 4A Girls Golf Championships. The Lady Mustangs would go on to win their seventh-straight state title without Burgen making the trip.

Burgen spoke with Local 2/Fox 24 last Friday to give his side of the story.

“The state titles. That’s great. That’s something I can hang my hat on. But that doesn’t have any comparison to the one to one relationships that I have with them and the relationships I’ve built with a lot of their parents,” Burgen said. “I’m going to take those memories and those are going to last longer than the state championships will”

Andrews ISD offered this statement after repeated requests for after repeated requests to district officials last week:

“Mark Burgen is indeed employed with Andrews ISD. Other than directory information, Andrews ISD cannot comment on individual student or personnel matters,” Superintendent Bobby Azam said in a statement Thursday. “However, the district’s primary purpose is the safety and security of all AISD students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, the district has and will continue to take appropriate actions to ensure their safety and well-being.”

Burgen is still listed as the girls golf coach on the staff directory and he said Friday he is still employed as a history teacher at Andrews ISD.

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