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UPDATED: Accused Belen Coach Quits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Belen High School assistant football coach who was allegedly caught with alcohol at a homecoming game last Friday has resigned, KOB-TV is reporting.

Michael Duenas was only contracted to coach and was not a teacher, officials at Belen Consolidated Schools told Eyewitness News 4.

Police said they found Duenas going to his truck Friday night and pouring beer into a McDonald’s cup, gave him a ticket for drinking in public, then told him to leave school property, KOB-TV said.


8:11am 9/28/11 — Coach Accused of Drinking at Belen H.S.

Undercover officers looking for underage drinkers at Belen High School’s homecoming football game last Friday found assistant football coach Michael Duenas drinking alcohol on school property, according to KRQE News 13.

“He removed some alcoholic beverages from the truck, put it inside a McDonald’s cup and proceeded to drink from that cup,” Los Lunas Police Lt. Carl Padilla told KRQE.


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Duenas told police he coaches freshman football at Belen High School, News 13 said.

Police said Duenas and two other adults were cited and asked to leave school property, KRQE reported.

School district officials wouldn’t comment on whether Duenas was still employed by the district, and Duenas was unavailable for comment Tuesday, according to News 13.

It was the second incident this month involving a faculty or staff member drinking at the high school, the station reported.

Math teacher Kathleen Jardine was fired earlier this month after being reported drunk in class, KRQE said.