Rainier coach Mike Wing’s run with the Columbians likely is over.
Wing, 57, who had been on parole for wire fraud that involved millions of dollars, pleaded guilty June 15 in a magistrate court of Tyler, Texas. He was sentenced to six months of imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release, for taking out loans in violation of his parole. He was given 30 days from the sentencing date to turn himself in.
Rainier School Superintendent Michael Carter was unable to confirm Wednesday afternoon that Wing would be released as head coach of the baseball program, due to the situation’s fluidity. Wing had already stepped down as the boys’ basketball coach.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Carter said of the prison sentence. “We have a district policy that if someone is arrested and goes to jail, they are no longer able to work for the district.”
Wing was hired as the baseball coach before the 2016 season despite controversy surrounding the seven years he spent in federal prison for wire fraud. He was then hired as the basketball coach for the 2016-17 season. Most recently, he guided the Columbians to a state baseball appearance.
“I’m not shocked,” 2017 Rainier graduate and baseball player Job Karber said. “He lied to all of our faces about a lot of stuff. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did the same stuff again.”
Karber said Wing promised new jerseys, a new athletic complex, college scouts at several home baseball games, and letters of recommendation for colleges. None of them materialized, Karber said.
Wing’s supervised release the past several years, including his time in Rainier, stemmed from the 2006 case in which he pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
Wing’s alleged fraud involved “bridge” loans, in which he would ask individuals to loan money to help close deals between large companies. After serving seven years he was released and came to Rainier. However, in September he was arrested again on allegations he violated parole. Last Thursday’s hearing convicted him of doing just that.
This time around, Wing pleaded guilty to receiving new credit without the consent of his probation officer, court documents show. Wing was found to have borrowed money and told probation officer Ben Sanders the money was a gift.
Court documents also show Wing borrowed about $110,000 from a lender named Ed Johnson, under the limited liability corporation Renaissance Development LLC. Wing, according to court documents, told Johnson the money was to help support a single mother of three children in Houston. Loan documents describe the mother as having a heart attack before later being hospitalized. He also said he needed the money to help pay for his master’s of divinity degree at Northwest Nazarene University, located in Idaho.
Information about what happened to the $110,000 was not available Wednesday.
Texas-based civil attorney S. Tyler Swain, who represented victims in Wing’s original fraud case, told The Daily News in April that Wing would often give “sob stories” to alleged victims prior to his 2007 guilty plea. Court documents show Wing defrauded several people out of more than $9 million. Swain said most of the people he represented were not wealthy, and said Wing “swindled them out of their entire life savings, including retirement funds.”
As of September, Wing was due to pay $9.3 million in restitution, but he was paying only $200 a month and listed almost no assets, according to court documents.
Wing will serve the parole violation sentence at the minimum security federal prison camp in Tuscon, Ariz., a location Wing requested in order to facilitate family visitation.
Neither Wing nor his attorneys could not be reached for comment.