NEW PORT RICHEY — William Napolitano's downward spiral continued this week with another arrest. One month after being found guilty of driving with a suspended license and sentenced to six months' probation, the former popular track and cross country coach was spotted driving — this time with a revoked license and 35 grams of cocaine in his truck, officers said.
Napolitano, 53, had a 21-year career with Pasco schools. He was a coach and teacher at River Ridge and Mitchell high schools until 2004, when he was fired for soliciting an undercover female deputy for oral sex.
He had been accused of the same thing in 1998, but the school system gave him a second chance because he was so well respected. After the 1998 incident, Napolitano built back his career and was named 2003 Coach of the Year.
He has been arrested several times since 2004, all on drug and traffic charges. Napolitano was spotted driving on Grand Boulevard Wednesday morning by a New Port Richey officer who recognized the former coach and knew he didn't have a license.
Napolitano, of 2057 Sugarbush Drive in Holiday, is charged with driving with a revoked license, trafficking cocaine and possessing drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.
Times staff writer