UGA tennis coach’s son arrested

A second person with ties to the University of Georgia’s men’s tennis program was arrested this week as part of a police investigation into theft and illegal drugs.

 

Alex Diaz, the 19-year-old son of men’s head tennis coach Manuel “Manny” Diaz, was booked into the Clarke County Jail Thursday afternoon on a felony charge for sale of a schedule I or II controlled substance, according to the jail’s website.

The tennis player’s arrest came two days after the arrest of James Boudkedes “Bo” Hodge, the former assistant head coach for the university’s men’s tennis program, on a felony charge of purchasing a controlled substance and misdemeanor theft by taking.

According to the UGA tennis website, Diaz is a graduate of Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School. He ranked 17th nationally in the 2016 signing class, was the fifth-ranked player in the Southeast and was ranked second in Georgia.

Redshirted during the 2016-2017 season, Diaz has been suspended indefinitely and the suspension will remain in place pending an internal review, according to a Tuesday statement from UGA.

Diaz and Hodge were charged in arrest warrants obtained Monday by the University of Georgia Police Department.

The charges “resulted from (an) investigation into (a) complaint of the possible theft and mishandling of prescription medication,” UGA police said.

Hodge was suspended indefinitely by UGA in May when the investigation began. His position has since been filled by former UGA tennis standout Jamie Hunt, who recently was hired from Vanderbilt University.

The investigation began in early May, just prior to UGA hosting the 2017 NCAA Tennis Championships, the Athens Banner-Herald and OnlineAthens.com previously reported.

UGA’s women’s tennis associate head coach Drake Bernstein has not been charged in connection with the investigation, though he was indefinitely suspended when the investigation began.

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