Hill-Murray Coach Resigns Amid Prostitution Scandal

Updated: 02/26/2013 3:05 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A Hill-Murray School football coach has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting in Fridley, the school confirms.

School officials say head varsity football coach Mark Mauer of Woodbury will resign effective immediately.

On Feb. 18-19, Fridley Police say 19 men and four women were arrested after police conducted an undercover prostitution sting at the Liv-Inn Suites Hotel.

According to the police report, Mauer arrived at the hotel around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and allegedly agreed to pay the undercover officer $100 for a half hour of “full service.” He admitted to finding the prostitution ad on Backpage.com.

The school hired Mauer as head football coach in May 2012 and he started serving in the school’s Advancement Office on July 1 of that year, according to a news release.

Hill-Murray School President Susan Paul sent out a statement saying, “I want to be clear that this incident is not related in any way to Hill-Murray, our students, or Mr. Mauer's work responsibilities. Nor will this incident affect the high quality education that our families expect at Hill-Murray School.”

A St. Paul native, Mark Mauer is a graduate of Harding High School and played quarterback at the University of Nebraska, where he later coached. Mauer has also coached at Ball State in Indiana, University of Wisconsin, North Dakota State University, New Mexico State and Concordia College in St. Paul.

He is also the cousin of Minnesota Twin Joe Mauer.

Fridley Police say they conduct undercover prostitution details at various times and locations throughout the year.

VIDEO: Watch our previous coverage from Friday, Feb. 22