Ex-Panther Donnalley replaced as high school coach

Updated: August 9, 2006, 6:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Carolina Panther Kevin Donnalley, implicated in a steroid probe that led to federal charges against a South Carolina doctor, has been replaced as football coach at Charlotte Christian School.

The school's headmaster, Leo Orsino, told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday night that Donnalley "has stepped away." Orsino did not return a message left Wednesday by The Associated Press seeking further details.

The 38-year-old Donnalley spent the final three seasons of his career as an offensive lineman with the Panthers from 2001-2003. He was among seven former Panthers named last month by federal prosecutors as having received steroids from Dr. James Shortt of West Columbia, S.C.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Shortt pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally prescribe steroids and was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

In Donnalley's first year as coach last season, Charlotte Christian was 3-8, losing its final four games by a combined 116-35.

Donnalley is being replaced by a pair of interim coaches: assistant Mike Rose and former Panthers defensive back Eugene Robinson, who works as an analyst on Carolina radio broadcasts.

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