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Charged man still coach of club team

Ex-Hanover Youth Soccer president listed on Web site as coach for Lower Valley Rage.

The former president of Hanover Youth Soccer, who was charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the league, is listed as a coach for a regional travel soccer team.

Edward J. Albert, 47, of 1334 Sively St., Hanover Township, was sentenced to four years probation on third-degree felony theft charges after pleading no contest on Oct. 5. Albert stole $32,266 from the soccer group and $10,715 from the Hanover Area Youth Basketball League from March 2006 to April 2008.

According to a roster of coaches listed on the Northeast Travel Soccer League’s Web site, Albert is listed as a coach contact for the Lower Valley Rage, a team of 14- and 15-year-old boys.

Head and assistant coaches and team trainers must pass a criminal background check to coach youth soccer, according to league rules.

Every year coaches are required to submit risk management to Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, which oversees all youth soccer leagues in the eastern region.

Chris Branscome, chief executive officer of the state’s eastern youth soccer division, was not available to comment Tuesday afternoon.

Albert denied he was a coach of the travel soccer team.

“I’m not the head coach,” Albert said in a phone interview Tuesday.

When asked why his name was listed as a coach for the team, Albert said he only does “paperwork for the team.”

Albert has not been suspended from his activity with the soccer team, said Northeast Travel League President Bob Sledzinski.

Sledzinski said Albert is an assistant coach and a relative of Albert’s plays on the team, which has two assistant coaches and a head coach.

“We will take the steps that we need to take and, hopefully, this will all work out,” he said. “We’re definitely going to look into this to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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