The head women’s basketball coach at Converse College in Spartanburg has resigned after being charged with shoplifting on Tuesday.
A Converse spokeswoman said in an email Wednesday that the college had accepted the resignation of head basketball coach Kaye Waldrep, effective immediately. The spokeswoman said the college was unable to make any further comment on a personnel matter.
According to WSPA, the 35-year-old Waldrep was seen trying to hide and steal over $500 worth of merchandise from a Kohl’s Department store.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office incident report said Waldrep and 38-year-old Ricky Dean Ponder were seen selecting perfume and tennis shoes and trying to hide the items in Waldrep’s purse before attempting to leave without paying. The pair were detained by security guards until deputies arrived.
The police report says Waldrep and Ponder admitted to the deputies that they attempted to steal the items and were arrested and issued tickets for first-offense shoplifting under $2,000.
Waldrep was hired by the college in 2012 after she spent four seasons as the assistant basketball coach for the College of Charleston women’s team. Waldrep began her coaching career in 2001 at her alma mater, Newberry College.
Converse College has removed Waldrep’s profile from the school’s athletics page.
Patrick Ingraham contributed to this report