2 basketball coaches resign: Police investigating allegations by female Lake Park-Audubon players
Two Lake Park-Audubon, Minn., girls basketball coaches have resigned after two players raised allegations that are now being investigated by police.
Head girls basketball coach Andrew Schwan and assistant coach Darrin Myhre submitted their resignations after being placed on administrative leave on Friday, said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
Hogie said he could not elaborate on allegations the two girls raised on Friday, other than the incidents occurred in the jurisdiction of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Police Department.
St. Cloud police were in Lake Park on Wednesday conducting interviews, Hogie said.
"They spent a good portion of the day visiting with players and parents," he said.
Hogie told WDAY-TV the allegations stemmed from an overnight stay at a hotel during Christmas break.
The girls basketball team played in a tournament on Dec. 28 and 29 in Upsala, which is 40 minutes from St. Cloud.
St. Cloud is about 180 miles east of Lake Park.
A message left with the St. Cloud police public information officer was not returned Wednesday.
Both coaches also teach grades seven through 12 in the district. Schwan taught social studies and Myrhe taught business.
Schwan had been the
LP-A head coach since the 2002-03 season. On the LP-A Web site, Schwan was also listed as co-athletic director and an assistant head football coach. Myrhe was listed as the LP-A head baseball coach.
Hogie said he accepted their resignations on behalf of the district.
Phone listings for the coaches were not available. Athletic director Jed Swegarden referred questions to Hogie.
An attorney that represents the district also is investigating the allegations, Hogie said.
"It's very difficult to determine what is fact and what is fiction," Hogie said.
He said the situation has taken a "tremendous toll" on the team and the district.
Counselors have been made available for students since Monday.
"We have some girls that are struggling emotionally right now," Hogie said. "This was someone they looked up to for a number of years, and that coach is no longer there. They're wrung out."
LP-A's game with Frazee on Friday was postponed after the coaches were placed on administrative leave because the team didn't have any coaches. That game will be made up at 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Darrel Pederson will serve as the team's head coach for the rest of the season and Coral Lunde will be the assistant coach.
"Our primary concern now is to get some sense of normalcy back for the students at LP-A, and the girls basketball team at LP-A," Hogie said.